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One dead and 8 missing after ships collide off Tokyo Bay

Rescue efforts are underway for Chinese crew members of a cargo ship that collided with a freighter and sank off Tokyo Bay.

Japanese Coast Guard officials say the cargo ship Beagle III had a crew of 20 Chinese nationals: 11 have been rescued, one is dead, and eight remain missing.

Video below from tracking company Vessel Finder

The Panamanian-registered Beagle III sank after colliding with the South Korean-registered Pegasus Prime at the mouth of Tokyo Bay early this morning.

The South Korean vessel had a crew of 14 from South Korea and Myanmar. Two of them were reportedly injured.

The Beagle III was leaving Yokohama for Kobe, and the Pegasus Prime was heading toward Tokyo Bay.

The Coast Guard is continuing the search for the missing crew members and is investigating the circumstances of the accident.

Japan's Transport Safety Board has also dispatched five investigators to look into the collision.

Report: Search rescue called off for missing crewmen

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.

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Report: 'No hope' for more survivors after ship collision

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:

Given the water temperature and the amount of time that's passed, we don't have any hope for more survivors.

Report: Fatal North Sea ship collision 'human error'

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:

We had a very violent collision which was the reason for the quick sinking of the vessel. It was most probably hit in the side and that's why water entered in huge quantities with this result.

You cannot control some things. This happened in good weather, normal weather. There was good visibility, so I feel most probably there was a human error.

Hope fades for cargo ship sailors

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.

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Search continues for missing crew members in North Sea

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.

Seven crew members of the Baltic Ace are still missing Credit: EBU

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 confirmed dead after ship sinks in North Sea

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.

Ship 'almost certainly' sunk after collision in North Sea

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.

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