Dad-of-five among those missing after Verity cargo ship sunk is pictured

The dad is among four others who are also missing.

Dad-of-five among those missing after Verity cargo ship sunk is pictured
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Filipino Docenito Paler Jnr is among those missing (Picture: Facebook/Rhys Johnson)

A dad-of-five is one of the missing people on board the Verity cargo ship which sunk off the coast of Germany.

The British cargo ship was bound for Immingham, Lincolnshire, on Tuesday, and collided with a larger freight ship and sank in the North Sea.

The four who are missing, including the dad Filipino Docenito Paler Jnr., from Tangub City, Philippines, are believed to be trapped inside the ship’s hull.

His friend, James Arnold, told MailOnline today: ‘We would like to know if he is still alive because he has five children, the youngest being a toddler.

‘The sad thing is that before he went on board, his son told him to stay home and not go back to work.

‘He is a close friend and we just want to know if he is still alive or trapped inside the ship.’

A person on board originally from Ukraine died whose body was recovered shortly before noon on Tuesday.

Two others were rescued after they were found adrift at sea and are now receiving medical treatment in Germany.

Docenito Paler Jr
Friends are worried about his whereabouts (Picture: Facebook)
The ?Verity? sank after the collision (archive photo)
The Verity cargo ship sank after the collision (Picture: shippingexplorer.net)
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Rescue efforts have now been called off (Picture: Rhys Johnson)

Rescue teams have now called off the search for the four others.

Efforts to scour the North Sea proved worthless yesterday because of heavy fog and 10ft waves.

The attempted rescue involved several ships and aircraft.

Divers were also sent to the bottom of the sea in an attempt to find signs of life.

The two ships smashed into one another at around 5am local time on Tuesday, 12 nautical miles southwest of Heligoland, a small rocky island north of Germany.

The Verity departed Bremen at about 7pm Monday for Immingham, a key trading port in Lincolnshire.

A spokesperson for Faversham Shipping, the company which owns MV Verity, said they were currently unable to confirm those on board the stricken vessel but they were hoping to put out a statement in due course.

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