Ba-a-a-d day at sea!
A cargo ship carrying about 14,600 sheep capsized in the Black Sea off the coast of Romania, multiple reports say.
Its crewmembers – 20 Syrian nationals and one Lebanese individual – were all saved, along with 32 sheep found swimming by the ship. One of the crewmembers was hospitalized for hypothermia, the BBC said.
Rescue efforts helmed by military, police and divers were attempting to restore the ship and carry it to shore, the AFP said. It is unclear what caused the ship to capsize, and it is currently under investigation by Romanian authorities.
At least thousands of sheep are still stuck in the wreckage, many of which are expected to have drowned, the BBC said.
Acebop, Romania’s livestock and breeding industry group, called for an investigation into the incident, according to AFP.
“Our association is shocked by the disaster……..If we cannot protect livestock during long-distance transports, we should outright ban them.”President Mary Pana
The country has drawn criticism from animal rights’ groups for subjecting sheep exported by cargo ships to inhumane conditions.