Belfast Telegraph

Friday 19 September 2014

Crashed ferry skipper's body found

Rescue workers near a capsized ferry near Amsterdam (AP)
Rescue workers are seen near a capsized ferry after a German freight ship struck a small Dutch passenger ferry in a canal near Amsterdam (AP)
Divers get ready to search for victims after a German freight ship struck a small Dutch passenger ferry in a canal near Amsterdam (AP)

Divers have recovered the body of the skipper of a Dutch passenger ferry who was killed when his vessel collided with a German freight ship on a busy waterway near Amsterdam, police have said.

The skipper is believed to be the only victim of the collision, which capsized the small ferry, police said.

Dutch RTV television identified the victim as 56-year-old Hendrik Plomp.

Police said two crew members of the German freighter Duisburg Ruhrort have been detained for questioning. Breath tests showed they had not consumed alcohol before the crash.

The incident took place on Friday morning near the town of Nieuwer Ter Aa, roughly six miles south of Amsterdam.

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