|arya||Date: Friday, 07-December-2012, 4:09 AM | Message # 1|
The Dutch coastguard has found another body while searching for missing crew members after two vessels collided in the North sea.
This takes the total to five dead from the accident, with six still missing.
The Baltic Ace, a car carrier flying under a Bahamas flag, sank after coming into contact with the Corvus J, a container ship from Cyprus.
Coastguard officials say the search is being hampered by strong winds and snow which restrict visibility.
The vessels collided on Wednesday in a major shipping lane 50 nautical miles, (92.6 km), from Europe's biggest port in Rotterdam.
Rotterdam Port's activities are said to be unaffected by the accident.
The cause of the collision is still unclear, but forecasts predicted gale-force winds and rain in the area at the time.
Dutch police have been in talks with the prosecutor's office as to whether they should investigate the collision as it took place outside of Dutch territorial waters.
Rescue boat Captain, Eric Rodenhuis, said:
"Searching, and hoping to see something. In the beginning we found a lot of rubbish, life buoys, life jackets, rafts, but after a few hours you see less and less, because it drifts away."
It is reportedly too early to say whether the Baltic Ace can be salvaged from the sea bed.
The coastguard said the Corvus J was not badly damaged in the crash and was still in the area.