Yangtze River victim's remains to be brought home to Malaysia

Yangtze River victim's remains to be brought home to Malaysia
Members of a rescue team look at a section of the hull (front C) of a tugboat which sank on a trial voyage in Jingjiang, east China's Jiangsu province on Jan 16, 2015.

PETALING JAYA - The Foreign Ministry is making the necessary arrangements for the remains of Cheong Kin Chin, who was killed in the tugboat tragedy in China's Yangtze River, to be transferred to Malaysia.

In a statement on Saturday, the Ministry said it would facilitate the family's travel arrangements to China.

"The Consulate General of Malaysia in Shanghai is working closely with the Chinese authorities in making the necessary arrangement for the remains of Mr Cheong to be transferred to Malaysia.

"The Ministry expresses its deepest condolence and sympathy to the family of the deceased," it said.

On Sunday, the Foreign Ministry confirmed that Cheong, who was from Negri Sembilan, was among the 22 killed in Thursday's tugboat tragedy.

Xinhua news agency reported that there were 25 people on board the vessel when it sank while conducting tests in the Fubei Channel near Jingjiang city. Eight 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, Saturday, some 40 hours after it capsized.

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