Cargo Ships Collide in North Sea

One person died and four others are missing after two cargo ships collided. The incident took place North Sea off the coast of Germany. An additional two crew members were rescued, according to German officials.

The British-flagged Verity is said to have collided with the Polesie, ship’s registry Bahamas, on Tuesday morning. Reports say the Verity sank. The Polesie remained a float.

The Verity was traveling from Bremen to Immingham in the UK when it collided with the Polesie, which had departed from Hamburg on its way to La Coruña in Spain. The incident happened off the coast of Heligoland.

Rescue ships from the German Maritime Search and Rescue Service (DGzRS), a German navy helicopter and a water police boat are aiding in the search efforts, the DGzRS said. A cruise ship which is in the vicinity also contributed to the search.

German Transport Minister Volker Wissing thanked rescue crews and said every effort was being made to rescue the missing people, according to a statement posted on X.

No word as yet on the cause of the collision.