London - An overturned cargo ship sank on Sunday off the
coast of Scotland as the search continued for the missing eight-member crew.
Seven Poles and one Filipino were on board the
Cypriot-registered Cemfjord, a cargo ship carrying cement, which capsized
around 24km from Wick on the northeast tip of Scotland.
Two helicopters, four lifeboats and five coastguard
rescue teams are involved in the search for survivors.
The prow of the Cemfjord had been sticking upright out of
the water but the ship has now sunk completely.
"The vessel is no longer visible," said a
spokesperson for the Maritime and Coastguard Agency.
"The coastguard rescue teams are still searching and
the helicopters are still up. So the search is still going on," but there
had been no sign of the crew.
The ship's last-known position was at 13:15 GMT on
Friday. A passing ferry spotted the upturned hull at around 14:30 GMT on
"The captain gave an announcement to say they had
contacted the coastguard, that we were actually the first to come across this, and
they had asked us to start conducting a search for any debris or any
lifeboats," passenger Caitlin Ditchfield told the BBC.
"Everyone was trying to help with the search,
looking out the windows to see what they could see."
Brise of Hamburg, managers of the cement carrier,
confirmed in a statement that the crew of eight were missing "following a
"No distress call was received from the vessel. Bad
weather prevailed in the area at the time.
"The crew consists of seven Polish seafarers and one
Filipino mariner. The company is in the process of informing the
Built in 1984, the 83m vessel successfully completed her
classification renewal inspections in December, Brise said.
It was carrying a cargo of 2 000 tons of cement from
Aalborg in Denmark to Runcorn near Liverpool on the northwest English coast.