One dead and four missing as search team sends divers to Verity wreck after British cargo ship sinks in North Sea – live news

One boat, which is still waterborne, was carrying 22 passengers.

One dead and four missing as search team sends divers to Verity wreck after British cargo ship sinks in North Sea – live news
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A cruise ship is assisting with the rescue efforts (Picture: @ianhardy61/X)

Four crew members missing after two cargo ships collided in the North Sea could be trapped in the wreckage, it is feared.

At least one person has died after the Bahaman Polesie and the British Verity vessels crashed in the North Sea.

They smashed into one another at around 5am local time 12 nautical miles southwest of Heligoland.

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

After 3am, all radio connection with the Verity was lost, with a search for the 91-metre-long ship now underway, the central command said.

Of the seven-person crew, at least one has died, two have been rescued and four castaways are missing, German rescuers say.

Dr Robby Renner, head of accident command, says they are doing ‘everything possible’ to save the missing crew but there is a possibility they may be trapped in the wreckage of the ship.

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