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Sailors killed as ships collide

Three sailors have died and five others are missing after their Turkish merchant ship collided with a passenger ferry and sank in the Adriatic, Albanian authorities have said.

The 3,000-ton Reina 1, sailing under a Maltese flag, sank immediately after the collision in international waters with the car ferry Ankara, said police spokeswoman Ornela Cako.

The vessels collided at about 1am local time on Thursday, 20 miles from the Albanian port of Durres.

One body was taken aboard the ferry while two others have been sighted but not yet recovered due to rough seas, ports head Edmond Doraci said. Two sailors were rescued.

The Reina 1 had been heading to Montenegro with a Turkish crew of 10.

No injuries were reported on the ferry, which had left Durres en route for the Italian port of Bari with about 200 passengers. The ferry remained at the scene of the accident.

Police gave no information on the cause of the crash.

Police, military ships and helicopters are conducting a search and rescue operation.

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