Danish and Swedish authorities say that two cargo ships have collided off southern Sweden, west of a Danish island in the Baltic Sea, with at least two people reported missing
COPENHAGEN, Denmark – Two cargo ships collided in the Baltic Sea off southern Sweden on Monday, with at least two people reported missing, according to Danish and Swedish authorities. One of the ships capsized and at least eleven ships, an aircraft and a helicopter participated in the search.
The Swedish Maritime Administration received an alarm before dawn that two cargo ships had collided south of Ystad in Sweden, near the Danish island of Bornholm. The authority identified the vessels as Karin Hoej from Denmark and the British vessel Scot Carrier. The Danish ship capsized and is upside down.
Two people from the Danish ship’s crew are missing and a search is ongoing, it is said, adding that a helicopter and nine ships from Sweden participated in the search, together with two Danish ships. An aircraft from the Coast Guard is also on its way.
The cause of the accident is still unclear, the Swedish Maritime Administration states.
The Danish ship will be salvaged by the Swedish Coast Guard and taken to Sweden because oil has begun to flow into the water, Swedish TV4 states. It was unclear where the oil came from.
The Swedish Coast Guard said that they are carrying out an environmental rescue effort “to prevent oil or other harmful substances from being released into the sea”, but said that “at present” there are no ongoing oil spills.
According to the site marinetraffic, Scot Carrier was on its way from Salacgriva in Latvia to Montrose in Scotland while Karin Hoej had left Södertälje in Sweden for Nykoebing Falster in Denmark.
There was poor visibility due to fog in the area.