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3 sailors, including 2 Turkish citizens, die of gas poisoning on ship off Spanish coasts

A cargo ship sails through the Shahid Beheshti Port in the southeastern Iranian coastal city of Chabahar, on the Gulf of Oman, during an inauguration ceremony of new equipment and infrastructure on February 25, 2019. (Photo by ATTA KENARE / AFP) (Photo credit should read ATTA KENARE/AFP via Getty Images)
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Three sailors, including two Turkish and one Georgian citizen, died of poisoning on a cargo ship 50 miles off the Port of Cartagena in southeastern Spain.

According to the initial information provided by the Turkish Embassy in Madrid and the Cartagena Port Authority officials, an accident took place late yesterday on the Liberian-flagged cargo ship carrying sunflower oil and operated by a Turkish company.

Three sailors died of poisoning after a gas leak occurred during the technical work in one of the ship's tanks. The Turkish captain was reported among those who lost their lives.

Authorities announced that another sailor injured in the accident was taken to hospital by helicopter and is currently in a serious condition.

An investigation has been launched into the incident.

The bodies of two Turkish sailors are expected to be sent to Turkey after the necessary procedures are completed in Spain.

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