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Two crew men feared dead after cargo ships - one of which was Inverness-registered and regularly based in the Highlands and Kyle of Lochalsh - collide, leaving Danish vessel upside down in waters around Sweden

By Louise Glen

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A UK container ship, that regularly works out of the Kyle of Lochalsh, has crashed into Danish vessel with two possible fatalities in waters in the Baltic Sea off of Sweden, sparking a criminal investigation.

The boat, the Scot Carrier, was en route from Latvia to Scotland when it struck Danish ship, Karin Hoej, around 3.30am.

The Karin Hoej capsized in the incident with at least two people in the water.

The vessels struck whhile navigating a 25-mile wide stretch of water between the southern tip of Sweden and the Danish island of Bornholm.

Six lifeboats, three helicopters and nearby vessels rushed to the scene where they found the Danish vessel had capsized.

Rescuers said they heard "screams" coing from the water around 4.45am, believed to be from the Karin Hoej.

By 9am, Sweden's coastguard called off the search said it would be impossible for anyone to survive in the waters.

Search efforts have since been called off.

A preliminary probe has been opened into criminal negligence. All crew from the UK vessel have been accounted for.

Forecasters said the water was 'calm but foggy' at the time of the incident.

Danish rescuers said two people from the Karin are missing and are assumed to have fallen in the water.

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