Dutch call of search for 6 missing crewmen

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Associated Press

Posted on December 6, 2012 at 11:03 AM

Updated Thursday, Dec 6 at 11:04 AM

AMSTERDAM (AP) — Rescuers have called off search efforts for six missing crewmen from a cargo ship that sank in the North Sea.

The ship, carrying a cargo of cars, sank yesterday after colliding with another vessel in international waters off the southern coast of the Netherlands. The presumed death toll is 11 -- including five bodies that have been found so far. Thirteen members of the 24-man crew were rescued.

Today, amid icy conditions, the search helicopters, planes and coast guard ships were called back to their bases.

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