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Swanland crew inquest hears of its last minutes

An inquest into the deaths of six Russian sailors after a cargo ship sank off Gwynedd has heard a dramatic account of its last minutes.

The MV Swanland was taking a cargo of limestone from Llanddulas, near Colwyn Bay, to the Isle of Wight when it was hit by a massive wave during a gale.

Just two of the eight-man crew survived when the ship sank in November 2011.

Statements from the survivors said the vessel was hit by a big wave and an alarm prompted the crew to take action.

Roger Pinney was at the Caernarfon inquest for BBC Wales Today.

  • 19 May 2014