Dutch freighter sinks after crash off Belgian coast, no fatalities

Reuters News
Posted: Oct 06, 2015 1:15 AM

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - A small Dutch freight ship sank early Tuesday morning after colliding with a tanker in the North Sea off the Belgian coast, the Netherlands' coast guard said. All aboard were saved.

Coast Guard spokeswoman Vanessa Strijbosch said 11 of the 12 crew of the Dutch freighter Flinterstar were rescued from frigid North Sea waters, and one was being treated for hypothermia.

The Marshall Island-flagged tanker Al-Oraiq also suffered damage and is anchored by the site of the collision, 10 kilometers from the coast near the Belgian port of Zeebrugge, she said.

The rescue operation, which included at least three rescue ships, five tug boats and a helicopter, was led and coordinated by the Belgian coast guard, with assistance from the Dutch.

The cause of the collision is not yet known.

(Reporting by Toby Sterling)