Two cargo ships collided on Monday between the southern Swedish city of Ystad and the Danish island of Bornholm with at least one death.
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The Swedish authorities said that two crew members of the British ship Scot Carrier were being detained by the police as part of a criminal investigation.
Addiction in drunkenness
An initial investigation into negligence was confirmed Monday afternoon.
The state’s public prosecutor said that a preliminary investigation into “serious drunkenness at sea”, “gross negligence in maritime traffic” and “serious homicide caused by negligence” had been initiated.
Prosecutors said one of those arrested was a British national born in 1991 and the other was a Croatian national born in 1965.
Two Danish crew members on board the smaller boat were initially reported missing after the incident, which occurred in Swedish territorial waters. The Swedish Maritime Administration later said in a statement that a crew member was found dead during a search of the ship being towed closer to the coast.
The authorities identified the smaller ship as the Danish flag Karin Hoej.
What happened to the ships?
The 55-meter-long Karin Hoej capsized after the collision and was towed towards the bank as part of the rescue operation. The 90-meter-long British Scot Carrier is said not to have been in distress and to have helped with the first search.
The shipping administration said it had received an alert before dawn that the ships had collided.
The Scot Carrier had traveled from Salacgriva, Latvia, to Montrose, Scotland. At the time of the accident, Karin Hoej was en route from Sodertalje in Sweden to Nykøbing Falster in southern Denmark.
Until mid-Monday, Swedish tabloid Expressen reported that the search was abandoned because the water temperatures were too cold to survive in.
According to the Danish Meteorological Institute, the water in which the crash occurred has a temperature of around four to six degrees Celsius (39 to 43 degrees Fahrenheit).
ar,rc/msh (AP, Reuters)