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At least 1 sailor dead, 4 missing after cargo ships crash off German coast

Two cargo ships collided in the North Sea off the coast of Germany on Tuesday and one of them sank, German authorities said. At least one sailor died and rescuers were trying to find another four.

The vessels collided shortly before 5 a.m. about 14 miles southwest of the island of Helgoland, Germany’s Central Command for Maritime Emergencies said. The site of the collision was about 19 miles northeast of Langeoog island, which is just off the German mainland.

The British-flagged Verity, which had seven people on board and was en route from Bremen, Germany, to the English port of Immingham, sank shortly after the collision. A signal from the ship was lost at about 5:20 a.m., suggesting that it had already gone down, and wreckage was found.

Vessels supporting the rescue effort included a cruise ship, the Iona, that was en route from Hamburg to Rotterdam and had doctors on board.


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