Saturday, 23 May 2015

SAR ops for capsized barge victims to proceed, 12 still missing

The search and rescue (SAR) operation for the missing crew members of a barge which sank four days ago will continue today by extending the search into areas 15 nautical miles north and east and eight nautical miles south and west of Tanjung Punggai, Kota Tinggi.

Tanjung Sedili Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) operation director maritime commander Mustafa Kamal Abas said the search was still in underway despite the rough seas with waves as high as three metres accompanied by torrential rain.

"A total of 18 SAR operation personnel from MMEA, navy and police will be proceeding with the operation until tonight," he said when contacted by Bernama here today.

So far, two bodies have been found and efforts to find 12 more victims were being carried out.

In the 4.20 am incident, a barge carrying sand was believed to be hit by a giant wave before sinking at about 8.6 nautical miles from Tanjung Punggai, Kota Tinggi causing 14 crew members to go missing in the incident.

Saturday 23 May 2015


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