Ongoing investigation into sunken ship

On Saturday, the Swedish Coast Guard and the Norwegian accident investigation board performed several dives around the Langeland, a Norwegian cargo ship that sank off Sweden's west coast on July 31.

But there still remains no official explanation as to why the ship sank.

“We already have a few strong theories as to why the ship sank so quickly. But since the Norwegian accident investigation board is involved, as well as representatives from the Langeland’s shipping company, we will wait to announce the cause,” Jörgen Hansson, the commander of the coast guard ship overseeing the dives, told TT.

The vessel, which was loaded with stone, was found at a depth of around 110 metres in the southern part of the Koster fjord and was located with the help of a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV).

“We have had ideal weather to dive with ROV cameras,” Hansson said. “We can say that the vessel is intact. We haven’t seen any major external damage.”

An ROV is a small remote-controlled underwater craft that can take pictures. But the craft also has a pair of small grip arms that are used to move things out of the way to obtain clear images.

The Langeland sank after it had entered the Koster fjord in search of shelter from strong winds. The ship’s six-person crew are presumed to have perished in the accident.

It is believed that the bodies of the crew members are still inside of the ship.

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