Crew member of hijacked tanker injured, says navy chief

Crew member of hijacked tanker injured, says navy chief
Navy chief Admiral Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Jaafar said the eight pirates now in control of the tanker were practically begging the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) to just let them go.

PETALING JAYA - One of the crew members on board the MT Orkim Harmony oil tanker was injured due to a gunshot, said Navy chief Admiral Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Jaafar.

He said in a Twitter posting that an Indonesian cook had suffered minor injuries.

The other crew members were safe, he added.

"All 22 crew are safe and fine except a cook, Indonesian national, who is injured at the thigh due to a gun-shot by the robbers," he tweeted at 10.35am on Friday.

Abdul Aziz said the oil tanker was now proceeding to the Kuantan Port escorted by Navy ship, KD Handalan.

It is expected to arrive at the port at 2am, Saturday.

Abdul Aziz earlier revealed that the pirates, about eight of them altogether, had fled the ship between 8.15pm and 8.30pm on Thursday night via the rescue boat.

The oil tanker, carrying 6,000 tonnes of petrol worth RM21mil, left Malacca on June 11 and went missing soon after.

It was scheduled to arrive at the Kuantan Port at 10.30am the following day, but communications with the ship was lost at 8.57pm.

The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) said it was notified at 6.30am the next day that the tanker was missing.

Assets from the RMN, MMEA and Royal Malaysian Air Force were sent to hunt for it.

The cargo belongs to Petronas while the ship's owner is Magna Meridian Sdn Bhd.

Authorities confirmed that MT Orkim Harmony had been repainted and renamed 'Kim Harmon' by the pirates.

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