Sunken cargo ship was bound for the North West

The Cypriot-registered Cemfjord was bound for Runcorn when it capsized and sunk. Credit: RNLI/Wick

A cargo vessel that capsized and sunk in the waters of the Pentland Firth was bound for Runcorn.

Severe weather is likely to have played a part in the sinking of the ship with suspected loss of all eight crew members on board.

A major search effort was first mounted on Saturday after the upturned hull of the Cypriot-registered Cemfjord was spotted in the waters of the Pentland Firth by a passing ferry.

The search was suspended just after 4pm yesterday after no trace was found of the eight crew members.

There are no plans to resume the search today.