At least 4 dead in North Sea ship collision
Container vessel collides with car carrier
At least four people are dead after after a container vessel collided with a car carrier in the North Sea, the Netherlands Coast Guard said Thursday.
The search for eight missing people was called off at 2 a.m.
A decision on whether to continue the operation was to be made at first light.
The carrier Baltic Ace began sinking immediately after it collided with the container vessel at 7:15 p.m. (1:15 p.m. ET) Wednesday, 60 kilometers (32 miles) west of Rotterdam, according to Coast Guard P.R. Manager Peter Verburg.
The Baltic Ace had 24 people aboard when it started sinking, Verberg said.
Thirteen crew members were rescued. Four were taken to Rotterdam Hospital, seven to the Koksijde Air Base near Ostend, Belgium, and two were still aboard another vessel, he said.
Those rescued were suffering from hypothermia and minor injuries, he said.
The nationality of the crew was not immediately known.
Various fishing boats, merchant vessels and at least three helicopters were searching for more survivors.
The Baltic Ace had been en route from Zeebrugge, Belgium, to Kotka, Finland; the container vessel was en route from Grangemouth, Britain, to Antwerp, Belgium.
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