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Norwegian cargo ship found
17:17 CEST+02:00
The Swedish coastguard has confirmed that the sunken cargo ship Langeland has been found south of the Koster islands off Sweden's west coast.

The Langeland's six-person crew are presumed to have perished in the accident.

The vessel is at a depth of around 110 metres in the southern part of the Koster fjord and was located at around 1pm this afternoon with the help of a Remotely Operated Vehicle.

"We were able to identify the name of the vessel from the pictures, and could thereby confirm that it is the Langeland. It is lying on its port side in the mud and looks to have landed with force. But sight was very poor down there so we have not been able to see that much," Ulrika Nilsson at the Swedish coastguard told the TT news agency.

The shipping line together with its insurance company which now have the main responsibility to decide on whether to salvage the ship.

"Our task is done and we have now submitted the details to the shipping line which will decided about salvaging. We will keep a check so that the ship does not start leaking oil, but there is currently little risk," Ulrika Nilsson confirmed.

The chances of finding any of the six crew alive are adjudged to be very slight due to the depth and the duration of time since the accident.

A massive search operation had been ongoing since Friday when the Langeland sank after it had entered the Koster fjord in search of shelter from strong winds.

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