The Turkish motor tanker Turgut Reis was on a voyage
from Le Havre to the Mediterranean,
carrying 18,000 tons of diesel oil,
when she sustained a major hull fracture in very heavy seas
about 105 miles north of Corunna in lat 45.05N, long 07.50W
on December 15, 1979.
With oil seeping out and water entering in,
the 37 crew requested immediate assistance but,
due to the atrocious weather, none of the vessels
that proceeded to the area could get close enough
to transfer them until eight hours later
when the weather abated slightly.
The Turgut Reis was then towed to position off Algeciras,
where she was anchored until being towed to Gibraltar
on January 28, 1980.
After being declared a constructive total loss,
she was towed to Aliaga, near Izmir, in May 1980,
to be scrapped.