Cargo ship with cargo of wheat sank in Greece waters, crew rescued UPDATE

Aug 28 1900 UTC UPDATE: SEA BIRD sank after her hull was breached when she struck rocks of small Vrak. Karavi islets. She didn’t ground on rocks or islet itself and moved away, according to track.

General cargo ship SEA BIRD reportedly sank in Sea of Crete east of Peloponnese peninsula, Greece, early in the morning Aug 28. The ship was en route from Ukraine to Tunisia with 7,000 tons of wheat on board. Large-scale SAR was launched, all 16 Syrian crew said to be rescued, safe.
The ship sank after collision, no more details are given, but judging from ships positions and tracks in area, SEA BIRD probably, collided with general cargo ship HAYA (IMO 9155420, dwt 5199), which is, as of 0620 UTC Aug 28, adrift north of alleged collision site. But as probably, HAYA being also Lebanese ship, took part in SAR. SEA BIRD last AIS signal dates 0020 UTC Aug 28.
General cargo ship SEA BIRD, IMO 8202941, dwt 7650, built 1985, flag Togo, manager GMZ SHIP MANAGEMENT CO SA, Lebanon (EQUASIS).

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Hi! My name is Stepan Kotcherga, I’m Merchant Marine Navigation Officer, now a Second Officer working on dry cargo ships. My home is in Ukraine. I’m contributing maritime news and inside info.