Search for four missing crew members of capsized barge still ongoing

Search for four missing crew members of capsized barge still ongoing
Horsburgh Lighthouse (black and white) on the Pedra Branca island, about 46km to the East of Changi on the Singapore mainland.

On Sunday, a sailor from the capsized Bolivia-flagged Heng Hong 168 was found drifting in waters off Bintan island. The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) said in a statement that the rescued crew member has been admitted to a hospital in Bintan for observation.


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Here is the full statement from the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA):

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) continued to coordinate Search and Rescue (SAR) operations for the missing crew members of the capsized Bolivia-flagged barge Heng Hong 168 for the fifth day today. The barge had capsized on December 19, 2013 in Singapore waters about three nautical miles west of Horsburgh Lighthouse.

The crew member who was rescued yesterday was admitted to a hospital in Bintan for observation. Search efforts for the remaining four missing crew members of Heng Hong 168 are ongoing.

As of 6pm (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 155 passing commercial vessels.

 

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