Ship sinks off coast of Southern Netherlands

The Associated Press

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — Rescuers say four crew members have died and seven are still missing in the icy waters of the North Sea, after a cargo ship collided with another vessel and sank off the Dutch coast Wednesday night.

The 485-foot Baltic Ace collided with the 440-foot container ship Corvus J near busy shipping lanes some 40 miles off the coast of the Southern Netherlands. The Baltic Ace, carrying a cargo of cars, had a crew of 24, some of whom may be in the icy water.

Coast Guard spokesman Marcel Oldenburger says four people were plucked dead from the sea and the search is continuing for those who are missing.

Thirteen  sailors were rescued alive after the collision Wednesday night.