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Russian Cargo Ship Runs Aground Off Turkey's Coast

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FILE - A Hanjin Shipping Co ship is seen stranded outside the Port of Long Beach, California, Sept. 8, 2016. A Russian cargo ship reportedly has run aground off the coast of Istanbul, Dec. 2, 2016.

Turkish media is reporting that a Russian cargo ship has run aground off the coast of Istanbul and says rescuers are trying to evacuate the ship's crew members.

Turkey's Dogan news agency said heavy winds forced the Volgo Don 203 to run aground off Istanbul's Kartal district, in the Sea of Marmara.

It was not immediately known if anyone was injured. Turkey's coast guard, along with firefighters, are working to rescue the ship's 11 crew members.

Istanbul's Bosphorus Strait connects the waterways between Europe and Asia and is an important international shipping lane.