A cargo ship carrying thousands of sheep capsized off the coast of Romania.
On Monday, rescuers including cops, divers, firefighters and members of the military continued their desperate attempts to save the 14,000 sheep that were aboard the Queen Hind after the large cargo ship, heading for Saudi Arabia, turned over in the Black Sea Sunday, according to BBC News.
The accident took place about 12 miles from the port in Constanta – about 140 miles east from the capital city, Bucharest – which is namely used for supplying crude oil, but cargo ships transporting live animals from Romania also use it.
On Sunday, at least 32 of the woolly mammals were rescued, though many are still trapped or thought to have drowned.
All of the 20-something crew members, who are nationals from Syria, were saved shortly after the accident, though one was brought to the hospital due to hypothermia after “he fell into the sea,” said a spokeswoman for the Romanian city of Constanta’s emergency services. The remaining crew members, she said, were “all safe here in the harbor.”
The cause of the accident – which took place just about 12 miles from the Constanta port – is currently unknown, but after the surviving sheep and vessel are rescued, an investigation will take place.
According to BBC News, the country is among the most prominent livestock exporters in the European Union.
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