Victims in capsized boat feared drowned

16th May 2006, Comments 0 comments

16 May 2006 (first update), BRUSSELS — Two crew members trapped inside an inland cargo vessel that capsized on the Schelde River in Antwerp on Tuesday morning are feared drowned.

16 May 2006 (first update)

BRUSSELS — Two crew members trapped inside an inland cargo vessel that capsized on the Schelde River in Antwerp on Tuesday morning are feared drowned.

The cargo vessel was carrying gravel when it started taking on water. It capsized at 5.45am and only its hull was still visible above the water.

The accident took place across from the Steen Square near the historic city centre of Antwerp.

Two tug-boats pulled the boat to shore. Rescue workers heard knocking from inside the capsized vessel and had hoped to rescue the two people alive.

But divers have since searched the entire vessel, finding no trace of the missing victims. They are now feared to have drowned.

The two victims have been identified as the captain's wife and his brother-in-law. The skipper managed to escape from the capsized boat.

Rescue teams will now use a crane to lift the vessel out of the water. The boat will then be searched again before being taken back to the Deurganckdok port.

The cause of the accident is not yet known.

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

Subject: Belgian news

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