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ISTANBUL—A drifting ship crashed into a Bosphorus-shore restaurant in Istanbul but nobody was hurt, Turkish newspapers said Tuesday. The Atanin coaster plowed into the fish restaurant in the upmarket suburb of Yenikoy Monday afternoon, destroying part of the wooden building. No one was injured and tugs soon pulled the ship free.

Former Economy Minister Dervis, a focus of financial market hopes in November elections, is a regular guest at the restaurant, manager Marko Nikolaidis told Turkish newspapers.

“And (former Prime Minister) Tansu Ciller sometimes comes. Thank God the crash did not happen at a time like that,” Nikolaidis said. “He may have spilled his clam chowder.

Authorities have not released what had caused the accident, but it was rumored that the ship captain was on his cell phone at the time.

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