A Russian freight ship has sunk off Turkey's Black Sea coast, the local governor says.

Iran press/Asia: A Russian freight ship has sunk off the coast of Turkey’s Black Sea province of Bartin, the local governor was cited as saying by state media on Sunday, adding that rescuers were working to save some 15 crew members stranded at sea.

Bartin Governor Sinan Guner said the dry cargo ship sank off the coast of the Inkumu region, adding there were no reports of casualties, according to the state-owned Anadolu news agency. The cause of the incident was not immediately clear.

According to Al Jazeera, the ship’s crew were Ukrainian.

Efforts launched by Turkey's Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) and Coast Guard have so far managed to rescue five crew members and recover the lifeless bodies of two others, Guner said.

In a statement, the Turkish National Defense Ministry announced that the Navy had deployed a frigate to support the rescue effort.