Two ships catch fire in Kerch Strait near Crimea; deaths reported

(CNN)At least 10 people died after two ships under the Tanzanian flag caught fire in the Kerch Strait near Crimea on Monday evening, according to Russia’s state news agency TASS, citing the Russian Maritime Agency.

“Presumably, an explosion occurred (on one of the vessels). Then the fire spread to another vessel. A rescue tug is en route,” said a spokesman for the Russian Maritime Agency.
A rescue operation is underway and crew members jumped into the waters to escape the flames, Russia’s transport ministry told Reuters.

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