The 88 meter long, 2734 dwt freighter Alaca 1 was crushed by ice in the Azov Sea near Kirillovka. The Alaca 1 became stuck in the ice while heading to Rostov-on-Don from Kerch and requested assistance from an icebreaker. While waiting for the icebreaker, the ice punctured the hull allowing water ingress. The crew of 12 on board abandoned the vessel and went onto the ice. When contact was lost with the Alaca 1, authorities dispatched a helicopter to the scene. The helicopter found the men and were able to safely rescue them. The crew were taken to Simferopol, Ukraine. No reports of injuries. The Alaca 1 was lasted reported drifting with the ice. Authorities are not certain if the freighter will roll over and sink or remain afloat. No details about the cargo or the amount of fuel on board.