No trace of victims in Antwerp shipping accident

17th May 2006, Comments 0 comments

17 May 2006, BRUSSELS — Rescuers are still searching for the bodies of two people thrown into the water when a Dutch inland cargo vessel capsized on the Schelde River in Antwerp on Tuesday.

17 May 2006

BRUSSELS — Rescuers are still searching for the bodies of two people thrown into the water when a Dutch inland cargo vessel capsized on the Schelde River in Antwerp on Tuesday.

The entire ship was searched after being lifted out of the water by a crane early on Tuesday evening, but no trace of the two victims was found.

"The bodies most probably landed up in the water," shipping police spokesman Jochen Willems said.

The ship, Romi, capsized at about 5.45am on Tuesday near the historic city centre of Antwerp.

It is being speculated that the wave of a larger passing ship caused the boat to capsize. The smaller boat was carrying gravel at the time of the accident.

The 46-year-old Flemish captain of the Dutch boat survived the accident, but his 42-year-old wife, Patricia Colman, and her brother Patrick, 40, are listed as missing.

Rescuers had initially heard knocking from underneath the upturned boat and had hoped to rescue the two victims who might have been trapped in an air bubble under the hull.

But no trace of the victims was found and rescuers now fear they have drowned. It could take a couple of days before the bodies resurface.

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

Subject: Belgian news

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