Malaysian killed in China tugboat tragedy identified

Malaysian killed in China tugboat tragedy identified

BEIJING - The tugboat tragedy in China's Yangtze River has claimed the lives of 22 people including a Malaysian identified as Cheong Kin Chin.

Xinhua news agency reported that there were 25 people onboard the vessel when it sank while conducting tests in the Fubei Channel near Jingjiang city on Thursday afternoon.

Eight of them were foreigners - one Malaysian, four Singaporeans, an Indonesian, a Japanese and an Indian.

Three people, all Chinese nationals, were rescued, Xinhua said.

The tugboat was later lifted out of the water at around 6.30am yesterday, some 40 hours after it capsized.

Malaysia's Foreign Ministry said in a statement that its consulate general in Shanghai was trying to get more information from the local authorities about the tragedy.

Meanwhile, Singaporean media said the vessel was Singapore-registered.

Sembcorp Marine Ltd, in a statement on its website, confirmed that its tug towing subsidiary Jurong Marine Serves Pte Ltd had planned to charter the tugboat that capsized.

Three of the subsidiary's employees were onboard.

"Families have been informed and the group has made arrangements for them to travel to Shanghai," said Sembcorp Marine.

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