Barge sinks off Netherlands Coast

Barge sinks off Netherlands Coast

One crewmember was rescued while another one is still missing following the sinking of a barge off the Dutch coast city of Vlissingen on March 9.

According to the Royal Netherlands Sea Rescue Institution, the vessel was carrying sand and was en route from Rotterdam to the Sloehaven port.

The vessel started taking on water just before it arrived at the port, the institution said. 

Following the accident, one crewmember was rescued while a large-scale search and rescue operation is yet to locate the second crewmember.

The vessel was reportedly beached by the crew to prevent it from completely sinking. 

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