Two missing after ship collision in southern Sweden: Maritime agency

Two people are missing after a British cargo ship rammed a container ship in waters south of Sweden, Swedish authorities have confirmed.

The Scot aircraft carrier collided with the Danish ship Karin Hoej in the Baltic Sea between the town of Ystad and the Swedish island of Bornholm in the early hours of Monday morning, the Swedish Maritime Authority said.

Image of Karin Hoej after it collided with the British freighter Scot Carrier in the Baltic Sea


Image of Karin Hoej after it collided with the British freighter Scot Carrier in the Baltic SeaCredit: EPA
The accident happened off the coast of Sweden


The accident happened off the coast of SwedenCredit: Sea Traffic
Karin Hoej was turned upside down (file image)


Karin Hoej was turned upside down (file image)Credit: Sea Traffic / Peter aus Holtenau

At least two frightened people remained in the water as a frantic string of rescue vehicles worked to save them, Aftonbladet report.

The Swedish Maritime Authority received reports of screams coming from the water at around 4:45 a.m., said communications director Jonas Franzen.

“Shortly after 3:30 a.m. (0230GMT), we received notification from our sea and flight rescue center that two cargo ships had collided,” he said.

“One of the ships was overturned and upside down.”

A Scotline spokesman said it could not comment as details of the incident were currently under investigation but said its vessel was assisting local authorities “on request”.

The rescue mission was hampered by darkness early in the morning but is now understood to be complete.

It is reported that the aircraft carrier Scot Carrier, is headed to Montrose in Scotland, still works with safety crew.

The Danish-flagged Karin Hoej has capsized and turned upside down – with Maritime Traffic Reporting it received no updates from the ship for more than four hours.

Soren Hoj, chief executive officer of shipping company Rederiet Hoj, which owns the capsized vessel, said the Karin Hoej, unloaded, was sailing from Sodertalje in Sweden to Nykobing Falster in southern Denmark with two people on board.

“I can confirm an accident happened but I don’t know the circumstances,” he said.

“A major rescue operation is underway.”

A map showing two ships close together in water surrounded by lifeboats.

About 10 boats and helicopters were scrambled to search for the drowned crew, Aftonbladet reported.

Denmark is assisting Sweden in the rescue effort.

A spokesman for the Danish Meteorological Institute said fog was reported in the area at the time of the incident.

The Danish military confirmed the ships were heading in the same direction when they made contact.

The Scot carrier, built in 2018, is about 90 meters long while the Danish carrier is only 55 meters long and was built in 1977, according to Aftonbladet.

Scot Carrier is understood to still operate


Scot Carrier is understood to still operateCredit: Reuters
Scot Carrier has been in contact with shipping agents (file image)


Scot Carrier contacted shipping agents (file image)Credit: Sea Traffic

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