Tanker crashes into his­toric man­sion

Cyprus Today - - TURKEY -

A TANKER crashed into a his­toric man­sion on the shores of İs­tan­bul’s Bospho­rus Strait last Satur­day af­ter its steer­ing equip­ment be­came locked, broad­caster CNN Türk said, adding that traf­fic in the strait had been sus­pended in both di­rec­tions.

Tugs and coast­guard ves­sels were sent to the area af­ter the crash and the Vi­taspirit tanker, fly­ing a Mal­tese flag, was pulled back from the crash site and brought to shore, CNN Türk said.

There were no im­me­di­ate re­ports of ca­su­al­ties, but footage from the crash showed ex­ten­sive dam­age to the his­toric sea­side man­sion lo­cated un­der the Fatih Sul­tan Mehmet bridge, one of the three cross­ings between İs­tan­bul’s Asian and Euro­pean sides.

The Hekim­başı Salih Efendi Man­sion has stood on the shores of the Bospho­rus Strait since the 18th cen­tury and is used to host wed­dings and con­certs, ac­cord­ing to the man­sion’s web­site.

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