MPA ends search and rescue efforts for missing barge crew

The search and rescue efforts (SAR) for the missing crew members from the Mongolian-flagged barge Guo Liang 677 has come to an end after a week, the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) said in a press statement on Tuesday.

MPA will continue to inform vessels passing through the vicinity of the incident site to keep a lookout for the 7 persons that remain unaccounted for.

The barge had capsized on July 24 at about 1pm in Singapore waters about 13km north of Horsburgh Lighthouse.

Of the 10 persons reported to be on board Guo Liang 677, two were rescued on the same day of the incident and 1 body was recovered in the course of the SAR operation on Sunday.

The Malaysian owners of the barge have made arrangements to have the body sent to Malaysia.

MPA also extended its deepest condolences to the family who lost its loved one in this unfortunate incident.

MPA expresses its appreciation to the following for their assistance in the SAR operation:

1. The Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN)

2. The Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF)

3. Police Coast Guard of Singapore (PCG)

4. Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency, Malaysian Marine Department, Royal Malaysian Navy, Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre Putrajaya, Maritime Rescue Sub-Centre Johor Bahru and various maritime agencies of Malaysia

5. Commanding Officer and crew of RSS Fearless, RSS Justice, RSS Dauntless, RSS Brave, and RSS Freedom from the RSN, PCG PH53, PCG PH54, PCG PH55 and PCG PH59

6. Pilots and crew of two Super Puma helicopters and two Fokker-50 Maritime Patrol Aircraft from the RSAF

7. Master and crew of the 207 commercial vessels that provided assistance