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.
Collision: Four members of the crew of the Baltic Ace have died after the vessel collided with a container ship in the North Sea. A further seven are still missing (file picture)
The condition of the Corvus J was unknown but it is understood the vessel was not in immediate danger following the incident. It is understood the 12-man crew were all still on board