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Ferry and water taxi collide in Wadden Sea, 4 feared dead

A water taxi Storm Roper stuck on a sandbank. Photo: Jaring Rispens ANP

Two people have been confirmed dead and two are presumed drowned after a high-speed ferry and water taxi collided near Terschelling Island in the Wadden Sea on Friday morning.

The accident happened around 7:15 am when a ferry carrying people to the mainland collided with another ship carrying people to the island for work.

Paramedics stopped searching for two missing people, a 12-year-old child and an adult man, at about 11:15, saying there was no hope that they would be found alive.

All eight people in the taxi fell into the sea. Six of him were construction workers and one was with his son, Henk Dedden of Sneek’s construction company Friso Bouwgroep told reporters.

No one on board the Tiger ferry, which takes about an hour to the mainland, was injured. The captain of the water taxi is hospitalized.

Police are currently investigating the cause of the crash, which occurred in a deep channel between two sandbars in the shallow Wadden Sea about 500 meters from the island.

Locals said it was still dark at the time, but there was no fog. Route is not lit.

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