A UK accident report has found that a German cement carrier was lost with all eight crew after the captain ploughed straight into a severe storm.

The fully-laden 2,327-dwt Cemfjord (built 1984) capsized on 2 January, 2015, in the Pentland Firth, Scotland, and later sank. Seven Poles and a Filipino died.

The UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) said the rapid nature of the capsize denied the crew an opportunity to issue a distress message or the chance to conduct a controlled abandonment of the vessel, which was flagged in Cyprus.