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Major search after ship overturns off north of Scotland

A major search operation has been launched after a vessel overturned off the north of Scotland

Eight people are reported to have been on board the Cypriot-registered Cemfjord, a cargo ship carrying cement.

The upturned hull was found by a passing ferry in the Pentland Firth.

The search has now been called off for the night, but the Maritime and Coastguard Agency says a tug will still illuminate the area and warn shipping, until the operation resumes on Sunday.

Passengers from the ferry Hrossey spoke to the BBC about what they saw.

Footage courtesy of the RNLI

  • 03 Jan 2015