الإثنين , يونيو 15 2020

Search for cargo ship crew to resume



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Ferry passengers talk about what they saw

The search for the crew of a vessel found overturned off the north of Scotland is due to resume on Sunday.

Eight people are reported to have been on board the Cypriot-registered Cemfjord, a cargo ship carrying cement.

The vessel’s upturned hull was found by a passing ferry in the Pentland Firth on Saturday, but there was no distress call from the ship.

The search was suspended on Saturday night, but the Cemfjord’s managers said the search would resume at first light.

The 83m vessel had been sailing to Runcorn in Cheshire.

The last confirmed sighting of the ship was at about 13:00 on Friday. It is understood the alarm was raised by the crew of the ferry Hrossey at 14:30 on Saturday.

Brise of Hamburg, managers of the Cemfjord, said in a statement that the crew consisted of seven Poles and a Filipino.

It added: “No distress call was received from the vessel. Bad weather prevailed in the area at the time and conditions remain difficult at the scene, with storm force winds.

“The company is in the process of informing the families.”

Darkness

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency said no survivors has been reported in the immediate vicinity of the ship.

Four lifeboats, two rescue helicopters and other vessels were involved in the search for the crew on Saturday.

The NorthLink ferry Hrossey also took part in the early stages of the operation.

As darkness fell, lifeboats from Stromness, Scrabster, Longhope and Wick searched the area along with the helicopters, the Shetland coastguard aircraft and an RAF rescue helicopter.

Bill Farquhar from the Wick RNLI station said on Saturday: “We got a call this afternoon about two o’clock that the Shetland ferry – the Hrossey – she had spotted the hull of a coaster upside-down 10 miles east of Pentland Skerries.

“The last known position on marine traffic was at quarter past one yesterday, so that was the last known position we had of the ship.

“The weather at that time yesterday was pretty, pretty, bad.”

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