Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Oceanline SC2018: Four bodies recovered from sunken barge

Four bodies have been recovered so far from a barge that sunk off the coast of Singapore last week.

The search for the 14 sailors missing from the Oceanline SC2018, a Bolivian-registered sand barge has been ongoing since the vessel capsized May 20. The bodies of one Malaysian man and two Chinese men were discovered Friday and over the weekend. A fourth body, that of another Chinese crewman, was recovered at around 11:00 am today.

The search operation has been greatly hindered by rough sea conditions over the weekend and into Monday.The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) stated that diving operations were called off around 3:30pm today due to strong currents. According to Malaysian news sources, today’s rescue operation consisted of a ship, four boats and a total of 28 rescue divers.

The bodies have been brought to the Marina Jetty at Tanjung Pengelih for additional investigation.

The Oceanline SC2018 was carrying a cargo of sand between two Malaysian cities on May 20 when it reportedly capsized due to rough waves. One crewman was rescued immediately following the incident, but ten crewmembers still remain unaccounted for.

Tuesday 26 May 2015


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Last bodies recovered after Colombia mine tragedy that killed 15

Emergency workers have recovered the final bodies of people killed in a collapsed, unlicensed gold mine on an indigenous reservation in central Colombia, bringing the official toll to 15 dead, authorities said Monday.

"After 12 days of working around the clock... the bodies of the 15 miners who were trapped in the El Tunel gold mine when it was suddenly flooded... have now been recovered," said a statement from government disaster relief agency UNGRD, after the final two were brought out Monday.

The May 13 accident -- inside a reservation for indigenous Colombians in Caldas department -- rocked the central-western town of Riosucio. Investigators say a power cut in the area likely shut off the mine's water pumps, flooding the shafts and leading to the collapse.

The workers at the mine had no formal contract with the company for their high-risk work, according to the National Mining Agency.

Colombia is a major gold producer and business has boomed over the past decade as the price of gold has risen from less than $400 per ounce to almost $1,200.

Tuesday 26 May 2015


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