A SAILOR has died after a massive blaze ripped through a cargo ship carrying 3,000 cars in the North Sea.
Rescue helicopters and boats raced to evacuate 23 crew members from the 18,500-tonne vessel sailing from Germany to Egypt.
The Dutch coast guard said: “Around midnight the coast guard received a report that the Fremantle Highway is on fire.
“The crew tried to put out the fire themselves, but failed.
“Unfortunately one person died and several others were injured.”
Officials said the incident on board the Fremantle Highway happened about 27 kilometres north of the the island of Ameland off the coast of Holland.
The crew were evacuated to the nearby Dutch port of Lauwersoog.
Official said the Fremantle Highway is still on fire – and emergency services are still present near the blazing ship.
“The blaze is still raging on board,” the coastguard said.
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