8 missing after cargo ship capsizes off Scotland

A small boat sails past the Hoegh Osaka car transporter cargo ship that ran aground in the Solent, off the Isle of Wight Sunday Jan. 4, 2015. The crew members of the Hoegh Osaka were taken to safety by a coastguard helicopter and lifeboats after it became stranded on Bramble Bank, in the Solent between Southampton and the Isle of Wight. (AP Photo/ Francis Bigg Photography)
A small boat sails past the Hoegh Osaka car transporter cargo ship that ran aground in the Solent, off the Isle of Wight Sunday Jan. 4, 2015. The crew members of the Hoegh Osaka were taken to safety by a coastguard helicopter and lifeboats after it became stranded on Bramble Bank, in the Solent between Southampton and the Isle of Wight. (AP Photo/ Francis Bigg Photography)

LONDON (AP) – British rescue teams searched Sunday for eight missing crew members from a cargo ship that capsized north of Scotland.

Searchers on two helicopters and four lifeboats were looking for survivors from the bulk carrier Cemfjord, which was carrying a load of cement from Aalborg, Denmark, to Runcorn on England’s west coast. A passing ferry in the Pentland Firth off Scotland spotted the upturned hull of the Cyprus-flagged ship Saturday.

The hull sunk below the water Sunday and the 83-meter (272-feet) vessel was no longer visible, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency said Sunday.

Tony Redding, a spokesman for the German shipping company that operated the vessel, said there had been no distress signal from the ship, and that the last communication with the vessel was routine. The company said seven of the crew were Polish and one was a Filipino.

Another cargo ship – a car carrier – ran aground in the Solent between Southampton and the Isle of Wight Saturday. Officials said 25 crew members were rescued, but the ship remained grounded Sunday, listing at 45 degrees.

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