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.
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.
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.
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.