Capsized barge towed to sheltered waters, 14 crew still missing

Capsized barge towed to sheltered waters, 14 crew still missing
A Singapore Navy patrol boat and police coast guard boat ply along the Singapore straits

SINGAPORE - The capsized Bolivian-registered sand-carrier, Oceanline SC208, which drifted into Malaysian waters overnight, has been towed to sheltered waters in Malaysia this morning.

14 of its crew members - 13 Chinese nationals and one Malaysian - are still unaccounted for.

Vessels from the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), the Republic of Singapore Navy and the Singapore Police Coast Guard are continuing the search and rescue operations (SAR) in Singapore waters.

Navigational broadcasts on the SAR operations are ongoing.

MPA is also contacting transiting merchant vessels to keep a lookout for missing persons and to report any sightings to the Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre in Singapore.

spanaech@sph.com.sg

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