A cargo ship with 14 crew members sank off the Greek island of, ANA-MPA reported, adding that one sailor from the ship was found unharmed and rescued by a Navy helicopter.

The captain of the RAPTOR ship carrying salt from Egypt to Istanbul issued a distress call this morning after the ship began tilting. It is assumed that the vessel took water into the holds due to strong waves.

Strong northwesterly winds of 8 magnitude are blowing in the area on the 12-point Beaufort scale, suggesting it caused the ship to tilt due to the heavier cargo and sink, the agency said.

Currently, a large-scale rescue operation of the coast guard is underway at a distance of 4 nautical miles from the coast of.

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There are five cargo ships in the area, three Coast Guard ships, an Air Force and Navy helicopter and a Navy frigate is activated.

Among the crew members were two Syrian nationals, four Indians and eight Egyptians.

Strong winds also halted traffic on several ferry lines in Greece, including from Piraeus to the ports of Chania and Heraklion on the island of Crete.

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