Turkey Ferry-Tanker Collision Injures Three


Three people were injured Friday when a Turkish ferry collided with a tanker off Istanbul, local media reported.

The incident occurred around 1725 GMT near the historic Maiden's Tower, built on a tiny island in the Bosphorus, the private NTV television said.

The Amur2521 tanker hit the ferry from behind, state-run Anatolia news agency reported.

In 1994, a Greek Cypriot-flagged tanker collided with a freighter off Istanbul's Bosporus Strait, killing 27 people.

But the worst accident in the busy shipping channel was in 1979 when an oil tanker exploded, killing 43 seamen.

Turkey is worried about environmental risks and wants to shift the tanker traffic in the straits and use pipelines for oil and gas exports in an attempt to avoid any major catastrophe.

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