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Cargo ship sinks in North Sea after collision

06 December 2012 / All photos: ANP /

Belgian Sea King helicopters participated in a rescue mission after two ships, Baltic Ace transporting cars and container ship Corvus J, collided in the North Sea yesterday evening. Dutch sea rescue services launched a major rescue operation for 11 missing sailors after two ships collided in a busy North Sea shipping lane off the coast of Rotterdam with one ship sinking. Rescuers, including the Dutch navy, on December 4, plucked 13 survivors from the water after the Baltic Ace car carrier collided with the Corvus J container ship about 100 kilometres (60 miles) southwest of Rotterdam. A Belgian sea rescue helicopter found another body this morning, the coastguard said, bringing the confirmed death toll to five. Late on December 5 Dutch coastguards called off a search for six crew still missing after their cargo ship sank in the North Sea, saying there was "zero" chance of finding survivors in the icy waters.

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A helicopter takes off from 'Rotterdam The Hague Airport' to help with the search and rescue operation

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This photo taken on December 6, 2012, shows the damaged nose of the ship Corvus J, in the harbor in Vlissingen, the Netherlands

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