One found dead as search continues for missing Verity crew after British cargo ship sinks in North Sea – live news

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

One found dead as search continues for missing Verity crew after British cargo ship sinks in North Sea – live news
A collage of the North Sea and the Polesie and Verity boats.
The shipwreck occurred near the North Sea island of Helgoland, northern Germany (Picture: Getty)

At least one person has died after two freighters crashed in the North Sea, German maritime emergency officials said today.

The Bahaman Polesie and the British Verity vessels 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.

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