One dead and four missing as British cargo ship sinks in North Sea crash

One sailor has died and four others are missing after a huge 300ft British cargo ship sank following a collision with a vessel in the North Sea.

Germany’s Central Command for Maritime Emergencies said two sailors were rescued but the body of one man had been recovered following the incident.

A search and rescue operation began after the British-flagged Verity hit a larger cargo ship, Polesie, about 14 miles south-west of the German island of Heligoland at around 5am on Tuesday.

While the Bahamas-flagged Polesie stayed afloat, the Verity, which had departed from Bremen, Germany, and was destined for the port of Immingham on the east coast of England, became submerged.

P&O cruise ship Iona is helping with the search, while Faversham Ships Ltd, which owns the Verity, described the incident as ‘ongoing’.

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British cargo vessel Verity crashed into Polesie in the early hours of this morning.

One man has died and four others remain missing.

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