Fishing boat collides with cargo ship; three dead

BY newsdesk  April 1, 2014 at 6:50 PM EDT

At least three are confirmed dead and two are missing after the Baltic Breeze, a Singapore-flagged vehicle carrier, collided with a fishing boat in Spanish water early in the morning Tuesday, April 1. Five crew members were rescued.

“The fishing boat and the cargo ship were alerted” to try to avoid the crash, coastguard official Jose Maria Suarez-Llanos told Spanish television. “But in the end it was inevitable because they were very close, we do not know why.”

Divers have been brought in to inspect the damage to the Baltic Breeze’s bow. At 541 feet, the empty cargo ship is nearly five times the length of the Mar de Marlin fishing trawler.