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2 sailors presumed dead after their cargo ship capsized after a collision in freezing seas and fog near Sweden

December 13, 2021

Two sailors are presumed dead after ships collided in the Baltic Sea early on Monday.

Screams were heard from the water after their ship overturned, Swedish authorities said.The search was called off after a few hours. A rescuer said the water is too cold for survival.

Rescuers abandoned the search for two sailors who fell in the freezing Baltic Sea after their cargo ship collided with another and capsized, according to Swedish authorities.

They were aboard the Danish cargo ship Karin Hoej, which was in a collision with the British ship Scot Carrier at around 3.30 a.m. Monday local time.

The incident took place in foggy waters between the Swedish mainland and Bornholm, a Danish island, according to the Swedish Maritime Administration (SMA).

The Karin Hoej completely overturned, as seen from photos taken after dawn. The missing sailors were the only two people aboard, an SMA spokesperson told Insider.

The Karin Hoej belongs to the Danish company Rederiet Hoj, while the Scot Carrier is operated by Scotline.

The cause of the crash is currently unknown. The two vessels were headed in the same direction before colliding, Reuters reported.

British cargo ship Scot Carrier on the Baltic Sea December 13, 2021.

Screams were heard from the water after the crash, the SMA’s Communications Manager Jonas Franzen told Swedish newspaper Expressen. Just before 11 a.m. local time, the SMA announced that it had stopped searching.

“It is judged, as I understand it, that there is no possibility of finding survivors,” Bengt Blomqvist, an official with the Swedish Sea Rescue Society, told Expressen.

Lars Blohm, duty manager at the SMA, told Swedish newspaper Bors Tidning: “There is no possibility of surviving in the cold water for such a long time.”

British cargo ship Scot Carrier on the Baltic Sea December 13, 2021

At this time of year, waters in this part of the Baltic Sea are around two degrees centigrade (53 degrees Fahrenheit), according to Expressen.

The crew of the Scot Carrier were unharmed, according to Reuters.

Danish Defence’s Joint Operations Centre and SMA’s rescue efforts included towing the Karin Hoej out of the way, SMA said.

“This has two purposes: To be able to search through the ship more easily near port, and to prevent the ship from sinking,” the authority’s statement read.

It said it was being taken to a beach near the Swedish fishing village of Kseberga.

A rescue worker seen during the rescue operation after two cargo ships collided on the Baltic Sea December 13, 2021.

A preliminary investigation into the possibility of gross negligence was launched, according to Expressen, who cited the Swedish Coast Guard.

The Danish vessel had no cargo, and it is unclear if the British ship was carrying anything, the outlet reported SMA as saying.

Its parent company, Scotline, did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

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