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P&O Cruises’ Iona joins rescue mission for stranded seafarers

P&O Cruises Iona

P&O Cruises’ Iona has joined efforts to rescue several people stranded in the North Sea after two cargo vessels collided in the early hours of Tuesday morning (24 October).

According to reports in the national press, British-flagged cargo ship Verity sunk after colliding with bulk carrier Polesie at around 3am this morning, roughly 14 miles southwest of the German island Helgoland.

Iona, which is sailing a seven-day round trip Northern European City Escapes cruise from Southampton, has diverted its course to join the rescue efforts after several people were reported missing.

Iona responds to emergency situation in the North Sea

One person is thought to have already been rescued from the water and is being given emergency medical treatment on board the vessel.

A P&O Cruises spokesperson said: “P&O Cruises Iona is currently involved in a search and rescue operation off the coast of Germany. The incident is ongoing and Iona’s cooperation complies with international maritime law as well as being consistent with the company’s moral and legal obligations.

“Iona is scheduled to be at sea today and this event should have no impact upon tomorrow’s scheduled call to Rotterdam or the onward itinerary.”

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