A rescue boat headed to shore Friday carrying 10 crewmen plucked from the North Atlantic after their freighter sank in a storm. Four other sailors drowned and one was missing.
Nine of the survivors were rescued from a life raft late Thursday and were in good condition, but the 10th was reported in critical condition with severe hypothermia after spending 19 hours in 50-degree seas. The man was found Friday clinging to the body of a dead crewmate.
Searchers retrieved four bodies from the water before calling off the search for the last sailor.
"All the indications are he wouldn't have survived this long," said Dan Bedell, a spokesman at the Halifax rescue center.
The rescue boat, the Cape Roger, was headed toward Saint John's, Newfoundland, 420 miles west of where the 4,000-ton Vanessa sank on Thursday. It was to reach Saint John's this afternoon.
The Norwegian-owned Vanessa had a crew of 10 Filipinos, four Burmese and a Dutch national, and was carrying chemical fertilizer from Sweden to the Caribbean.