Search for 4 missing crew members of capsized barge into 7th day

Search for 4 missing crew members of capsized barge into 7th day
Horsburgh Lighthouse (black and white) on the Pedra Branca island, about 46km to the East of Changi on the Singapore mainland.

SINGAPORE - The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) said today that it continues to coordinate Search and Rescue (SAR) operations for the four missing crew members of the capsized Bolivia-flagged barge Heng Hong 168.

Today marks the seventh day of the search and rescue operation.

The barge capsized on December 19 in Singapore waters about three nautical miles west of Horsburgh Lighthouse.

As of 1700 hours (Singapore time) today, SAR operations involved a total of two Super Puma helicopters from the Republic of Singapore Air Force, three patrol vessels from the Republic of Singapore Navy, three Police Coast Guard patrol craft, assets from the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency, the Royal Malaysian Navy and Indonesia's Rescue Sub-centre Tanjung Pinang, divers and a diving support vessel from Resolve Salvage & Fire (Asia), and 225 passing commercial vessels.

yamadak@sph.com.sg

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