Dutch cargo ship in danger of capsizing, crew evacuated- UPDATE

Dutch general cargo ship EEMSLIFT HENDRIKA issued distress signal in the morning Apr 5 in Norwegian sea 60 nm west of Olesund, Norway.

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Reportedly, the ship developed a heavy list after cargo shift. According to local media, 8 crew out of 12 were already evacuated, understood by helicopter. Salvage ships or tugs under way.

4 crew remained on board attempting to salvage the ship.

Apr 5 1730 UPDATE: The ship continues to hold on against strong wind and seas, moving in northwest direction, with 4 crew still on board, heroically doing what they can to save her from capsizing.

The ship with cargo of boats on upper deck is en route from Bremerhaven to Kolvereid Norway, it is these boats which shift and caused heavy list.

Nearest to EEMSLIFT HENDRIKA ship, fv VESTSTEINEN, is sailing nearby, to assist or save remaining 4 crew, if things come to worst.

Let’s hope it won’t come to that, and brave four seamen will manage to save the ship by keeping her against rough seas until weather calms down and SAR ship arrives.

Apr 6 0400 UTC UPDATE: Last 4 crew had to abandon the ship because remaining on board was too dangerous and probably, engine had to be stopped due to developing list.

They jumped into water and were rescued by helicopter. As of 0400 UTC Apr 6, the ship was adrift with operative AIS, drifting in southern direction.