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Romania trying to rescue more than 14,000 sheep aboard capsized cargo ship

Christian Fernsby |
Romanian authorities are working to rescue more than 14,000 sheep aboard a ship that has capsized in the Black Sea.

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The Queen Hind cargo vessel overturned on Sunday after departing from Romania's Midia port en route to Saudi Arabia.

Speaking to Euronews on Monday, a spokeswoman for Romania's emergency service ISU Constanta said all of the crew 20 Syrians and one Lebanese national had been rescued along with 32 sheep.

She said the remaining animals were still aboard the capsized vessel and that attempts to rescue and "put the ship back on its position" would continue on Monday.

"We expect it to take the whole day," the spokeswoman told Euronews in a phonecall. "There are three other ships that are trying to help put the ship back on course."

Romania is the EU's third-largest sheep breeder of which it transports much of its livestock to countries in the Middle East.

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