Status: 25.10.2023, 07:07 a.m.
The special situation room of the Emergency Command. Several people are missing after a collision between two cargo ships in the North Sea on Tuesday morning. © Sina Schuldt/dpa
Two cargo ships collided in the North Sea near Heligoland. Two sailors were rescued, one was found dead. Now the search for the four missing sailors has been stopped.
Helgoland/Langeoog - After the collision of two cargo ships in the North Sea near Helgoland, the search for the four missing seafarers has been stopped. This was said by a spokesman for the accident command in Cuxhaven on Wednesday morning. The weather conditions had deteriorated slightly during the night. Previously, Deutschlandfunk had reported on the end of the search.
Two sailors of the "Verity" had been rescued from the North Sea by emergency services after the collision with the freighter "Polesie". One sailor could only be found dead. The 22 crew members of the "Polesie" were unharmed.
The accident occurred on Tuesday morning about 22 kilometers southwest of the offshore island of Heligoland and 31 kilometers northeast of the East Frisian island of Langeoog. It is still unclear how this came about.
Several sea rescue cruisers of the German Society for the Rescue of Shipwrecked Persons (DGzRS) and other official ships searched for the missing.
The 91-metre-long "Verity", which sails under the flag of Great Britain, had loaded so-called steel coils, i.e. rolls of large sheet metal, according to the accident command. The ship of the British-Dutch shipping company Faversham Ships was on its way from Bremen to Immingham, a port on the English North Sea coast.
The other freighter, the larger "Polesie" with a length of 190 meters, was flying the flag of the Bahamas on its way from Hamburg to La Coruña in Spain. The freighter was able to return to Cuxhaven under its own power. Dpa