Z-85 Morgenster (Picture: Twitter/@Just_Jetske) - Credit: Z-85 Morgenster (Picture: Twitter/@Just_Jetske)
Wednesday, April 15, 2015 - 13:51
Sunk ship possibly caused by crash with freighter; four died
The sinking of the fishing boat Z85 Morgenster in late January may have been caused by a collision with a freighter, the Stentor reports based on reports in the Belgian newspaper Het Laatste Nieuws. Four crew members died when the ship sank. The Belgian maritime police received a detailed, anonymous email stating that the MV Marselisborg, a more than 130 meter long cargo ship, may have crashed into the Morgenster. Radars show the freighter being very close to the much smaller fishing boat at the time of the disaster. The Belgian Minister of Mobility and Transport thinks its unlikely that the Morgenster sunk due to a crash with a freighter, Hart van Nederland reports. According to a spokesperson for the Ministry, this tip has been known for some time and has been included in the investiagtion into the cause of the fatal accident. The Morgenster sank on January 28th and the wreck is still at the bottom of the English Channel between Hastings and Boulogne. The bodies of two Urk residents, Jan Kramer (29) and Bert Woort (45), as well as the body of the Belgian Maurice Coussaert (64) were later found. The body of the Portuguese crew member Americo dos Santos Martins (48) has not been found yet. The main scenario regarding the sinking of the ship is that the Morgenster was sunk by a storm. There will soon be an expedition to the sunken fishing boat where divers will inspect the damage to the ship. The Belgian Ministry of Transport and Mobility hopes that this will help determine the cause.