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Rescuers have called off search efforts for six missing crewmen, after a cargo ship collided with another vessel and sank off the Dutch coast yesterday evening according to the Associated Press.
Search helicopters, planes and coast guard ships were called back to their bases this evening. Dutch coastguard Peter Westenberg said passing ships were still being notified by radio to remain alert for possible human remains.
Dutch coastguard Peter Westenberg has said that an investigation is underway after a cargo ship collided with another vessel and sank off the Dutch coast yesterday.
Mr Westenberg said that the search for six missing persons still continues.
Rescuers have given up hope of finding any more survivors from a cargo ship that sank in the North Sea off the Dutch coast, saying they are searching for the bodies of six crewmen still missing, according to the Associated Press.
The presumed death toll has now reached 11, after four bodies were found yesterday and 13 survivors were rescued. Peter Westenburg, of the Dutch Coast Guard, said:
Human error was probably to blame for a collision that killed five crew and sank the Baltic Ace car carrier, its Greek manager told Reuters, and Dutch rescuers said it was unlikely six missing seamen would be found alive.
Panagiootis Kakoliris, operations manager at Stamco Ship Management Co., Ltd. which managed the Baltic Ace, said that sea conditions were normal when the 23,500-tonne ship was lost. The exact cause of the crash is under investigation. Mr Kakoliris said:
Seven sailors missing in the icy North Sea after a cargo ship collided with another vessel and sank off the Dutch coast are almost certainly dead, rescuers said today.
A massive air and sea rescue operation involving several helicopters, two navy patrol ships and even one of the ships involved in yesterday's collision, which killed four cargo ship crew members, was called off at about 2am.
Coastguard chiefs said they would decide at daylight whether to continue the search.
The search for seven crew members, who went missing in the North Sea, after a cargo ship collided with another vessel and sank off the Dutch coast, was continuing tonight.
A massive air and sea rescue operation involving several helicopters, two navy patrol ships and even one of the ships involved in the collision would continue through the night in an effort to find the remaining seven sailors, rescuers have said.
Coast Guard spokesman, Peter Verburg, said that the search was carrying on even though "the chance of finding anyone alive now is virtually zero."
"We are doing all we can, but time is overtaking us," he added.
Four crew have members died and seven were still missing in the North Sea, after a cargo ship collided with another vessel and sank off the Dutch coast, rescuers said.
"We can confirm that four bodies have been found, along with 13 people rescued alive," said Coast Guard spokesman Marcel Oldenburger.
He said a massive air and sea rescue operation would continue through the night in an effort to find the remaining seven sailors.
Rescuers say that four crew members of a cargo ship that sank after colliding with a container ship in the North Sea have died, the Associated Press reports.
Seven crew members are reportedly still missing.
A cargo ship has "almost certainly" sunk after colliding with a container ship in the North Sea, with a rescue operation underway, the Dutch coastguard said.
The Baltic Ace, a car carrier sailing under a Bahamas flag, and the Corvus J, a container ship from Cyprus, collided about 30 miles from the Dutch port of Rotterdam.
Coastguard spokesman Peter Verburg said the rescue of 24 crew from the Baltic Ace was underway after several people were found on four life rafts. He added that it was unclear if anyone was missing.
The Baltic Ace was en route from Zeebrugge, in Belgium, to Kotka in Finland, while the Corvus J was going from Grangemouth in Scotland to Antwerp, Belgium, according to Dutch media.