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Search called off for crew members missing after British cargo ship sank off coast of Germany | UK News

A search for four people missing after two ships crashed off the coast of Germany has been called off.

British-flagged cargo ship Verity sunk after it hit another boat – the Polesie – at around 5am on Tuesday, about 14 miles southwest of the island of Heligoland, in the North Sea.

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Seven people were aboard Verity at the time. One person died and two were rescued and taken to hospital, where they remain.

Shortly afterward the collision a signal from the Verity was lost.

Rescue ships and aircraft involved in the search were unable to find the four missing crew members on Tuesday.

Divers sent down to the wreck of the Verity to check for any signs of life were unable to find anything.

FILE - The freighter "Verity" is seen off Kiel in Germany, Oct. 5, 2014
The British-flagged freighter Verity pictured in 2014. Pic: AP

Officials said the water temperature at the time of the collision was about 12C (54F), which experience has shown people can survive for about 20 hours.

Germany’s Central Command for Maritime Emergencies said the entire sea area where the missing sailors might be was searched again during the night without results, and rescuers then stopped the search.

The Isle of Man Ship Registry said on Friday it was “saddened to confirm that the German Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre have called off their search and rescue operations and despite the best efforts of all involved, four crew members remain unaccounted for”.

“The Ship Registry’s thoughts are with the seafarers that sailed on board the Verity, their families, friends and loved ones,” it said.

It thanked all of those involved in the search and rescue efforts over the past days.

“The team will continue to work with the relevant authorities in the ongoing investigations being conducted by the UK’s Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB),” it added.

Bahamas-flagged freighter Polesie is pictured following its collision with British-flagged vessel Verity
The Bahamas-flagged freighter Polesie following Tuesday’s collision

Verity was headed from Bremen for the UK port of Immingham when the vessels collided.

The larger cargo ship involved in the collision – the Bahamas-flagged Polesie, which had 22 people on board – stayed afloat and was able to reach the German port of Cuxhaven.

The cause of the collision is still unknown.

Major search under way after man ‘falls overboard’ from passenger ship off Kent coast | UK News

A major search operation is under way after a man was reported to have gone overboard from a passenger ship off the coast of Kent.

HM Coastguard has said it is coordinating the search near Ramsgate after it was alerted at around 8.55am today.

A helicopter, a Coastguard aircraft and lifeboats are involved in the operation.

The man was reportedly on board the German cruise liner AIDAperla which is making its way from Hamburg in Germany to Rotterdam in the Netherlands.

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Ship that toppled over in Edinburgh dry dock injuring 35 people finally righted weeks later | UK News

A US Navy vessel which tipped over in a dry dock, leaving dozens injured, is back in the water.

Thirty five people were hurt when RV Petrel became dislodged from its holding and toppled to a 45-degree angle at Imperial Dock in Leith, Edinburgh, in March.

More than a month later, the 3,371-tonne vessel has been righted and is now afloat.

The US Navy owned Petrel is back in the water more than a month after it toppled over in an Edinburgh dry dock. Picture date: Tuesday May 2, 2023.
RV Petrel is back in the water more than a month after it tipped over

Worker Constantin Pogor previously told of being thrown from one side of the ship to the other during the incident.

The 48-year-old was recently released from hospital after suffering a dislocated elbow and fractured pelvis.

A further 22 people were taken to hospital, with 12 others treated at the scene.

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March: Multiple people injured after ship dislodges

Specialist cranes were spotted on site last month as inquires continue into how the vessel became dislodged.

Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspectors, who are working alongside Police Scotland, have been assessing the technical aspects of the structural collapse.

A force spokesman said on Tuesday: “Officers are working with the Health and Safety Executive. Inquires are ongoing to establish the full circumstances.”

RV Petrel has been moored at the Imperial Dock – operated by Dales Marine Services – since September 2020 due to “operational challenges” from the pandemic.

A view of the ship Petrel at Imperial Dock in Leith, Edinburgh, which has become dislodged from its holding and is partially toppled over. Fifteen people were taken to hospital while a further 10 patients were treated and discharged at the scene after emergency services were called at around 8.35am on Wednesday morning. Picture date: Thursday March 23, 2023.
An aerial photo of the ship after it became dislodged in March

In a previous statement, Dales Marine Services said it “continues to liaise with the emergency services and relevant authorities in dealing with the incident” and at this time it “cannot comment any further”.

The 76 metre-long Petrel was once owned and outfitted by the late Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen but was sold by his estate in 2022.

Mr Allen bought the ship to locate historically significant shipwrecks and it discovered around 30 sunken warships, including the Japanese Imperial Navy’s IJN Musashi.

In 2022, the Isle of Man-registered vessel was sold to the US Navy, and it is now operated by American-owned firm Oceaneering International.

The US Navy has been approached for comment.