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A Togo-flagged cargo ship sank on Saturday after hitting Greek islets in the Aegean Sea but all 16 crew were rescued, Reuters news agency reported.

As informed, the general cargo vessel Sea Bird, sank in the early hours of 28th August, off the Sea of Crete, east of Peloponnese Peninsula, Greece.

The vessel was reportedly loaded with 7,000 tons of wheat, while the incident occurred. It was travelling from the Berdyansk Port in Ukraine, to the Port of Sousse in Tunisia, with sixteen Syrian crew-members onboard.

The cause of the incident is expected to be a collision with a Lebanese general cargo ship named Haya. Shortly after the incident, a large-scale Search and Rescue (SAR) operation was launched, which recovered all sixteen sailors safely.

The 4,337 GT Togo-flagged vessel is being examined by the authorities concerned, to further investigate the ill-fated sinking.

Overall, Sea Bird was built in the year 1985, with a length of 106 meters. It was reportedly sailing at a speed of 8.9 knots, when the incident occurred.