Search for eight missing crew continues after cargo ship sinks

Cargo ship Cemfjord, which capsized in Pentland Firth January 3, 2015.

Search: An upturned hull was spotted by a passing ferry.

A cargo ship has sunk below the water as coastguards continue the search for the eight members of its crew

(SOURCE)  A rescue operation was launched on Saturday after the upturned hull of the Cypriot-registered Cemfjord was spotted off the north coast of Scotland.

Coastguard vessels were called off overnight but resumed their search on Sunday morning.

Two helicopters, four lifeboats and five coastguard rescue teams are looking for the eight people who were on the ship, which sank below the water on Sunday.

A Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) spokeswoman said: “The search has resumed this morning, with two helicopters, four lifeboats and five coastguard rescue teams. There is no sign of any of the crewmen.

“It is early in the day so we will see how the day progresses, but every effort is under way.”

German firm Brise of Hamburg confirmed there were eight people on board, seven Poles and one Filipino, and none have been found so far.

There was no distress call from the ship, according to the company.

The Wick, Thurso, Longhope and Stromness RNLI lifeboats, the Coastguard rescue helicopter from Shetland, an RAF rescue helicopter and other vessels in the area were involved in the search of the Pentland Firth.

A spokesman for the shipping company said: “Brise of Hamburg, managers of the cement carrier Cemfjord, deeply regret to confirm that this vessel’s crew of eight are missing following a severe accident in the Pentland Firth, off the north of Scotland.

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