Hope lost for crew in ship capsized in Baltic sea
All hope has faded in the rescue of five missing sailors believed to be trapped inside the hull of a capsized Slovak-registered freighter off the coast of southern Denmark, the Danish navy has said.
"Our divers have been inside the ship and examined the areas where we might have hoped to find the crew alive, but the ship is filled with water," Danish Navy spokesman Claus Nielsen said.
"We've come to the conclusion that no one is left alive inside," he told Danish TV 2.
The "Omer N", a freighter carrying fertilizer from Poland to France, capsized on Sunday on the southern tip of the island of Falster for unknown reasons.
Three of the ship's 11 all-Turkish crew were rescued by a Russian ship shortly after the incident, while a navy helicopter found a fourth crew member drowned.
On Monday, Danish and German divers pulled two drowned crew members - a man and a woman - from the ship, Nielsen said.
Nielsen said the divers had used microphones, but had not been able to detect any sounds from surviving crew members.
"Now we will focus on trying to salvage the bodies," Nielsen said.