A BRITISH ship has sunk after it crashed with another vessel off the coast of Germany as a desperate search for missing crew is underway.
Several people are unaccounted for after the two cargo ships including the Verity, bound for England, collided.
A P&O spokesperson told The Sun their cruise ship Iona has joined the search for missing crew in the North Sea.
They are also providing medical help for anyone in need on board the cruiser.
One person is believed to have been rescued from the water and is recieving medical help.
Several other rescue vessels and a helicopter are at the scene assisting in the mission to locate the crew.
The rescue efforts are being made more challenging by brutal 40mph winds and huge 10ft waves.
The Verity and Polesie collided around 5am on Tuesday roughly 14 miles off the coast of Heligoland.
The 300ft British vessel, on its way from Germany to the Brit port of Immingham, sank following the horror crash.
The Polesie managed to stay afloat with 22 people on board.
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Bahamas-flagged Polesie was heading to Spain at the time of the smash.
Heligoland operates as Germany's central command for maritime emergencies, where the rescue ship Hermann Marwede was sent out from.
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