In this April 2, 1999 file photo, Russian Navy reconnaissance frigate Liman leaves from the Russian Black Sea fleet's base at Sevastopol, Crimean peninsula. The ship sank off Turkey's Black Sea coast after colliding with a vessel carrying livestock on April 27, 2017. (Efrem Lukatsky / AP)
ISTANBUL – A Russian naval intelligence ship sank off Turkey's Black Sea coast after colliding with a vessel carrying livestock on Thursday and all 78 personnel on board were evacuated, Turkey's coastal safety authority said.
The ship, identified as the "Liman", collided with the Togo-flagged "Youzarsif H", the coastal safety authority said on its website.
Turkish authorities dispatched a tugboat and three fast rescue vessels, it said. Turkish shipping agency GAC said separately that the collision was caused due to fog and low visibility.
Broadcaster NTV said the collision occurred 18 miles (29 km) from Kilyos village, on the Black Sea coast just north of Istanbul.
Turkey's Bosphorus Strait, which cuts through Istanbul, is one of the world's most important waterways for transit of oil and grains. The 17-mile waterway connects the Black Sea to the Mediterranean.