14 Missing as Barge sinks off Malaysia

20 May 2015: Operation Search and Rescue (SAR) 15 for the dredge that sank 8.6 nautical miles east of Cape Iturbide was carried out this morning.

Regional Maritime Operations Director, Maritime Commander Mustafa Kamal bin Abas said the incident occurred at approximately at 4:20am involving dredging vessel OCEAN LINE 208 registered in Bolivia with 15 crew, that consisted of 14 Chinese nationals and one citizen, reportedly sank. One of them had been rescued by a nearby vessel while search and rescue mission continued to find 14 missing crew.

He said initial investigations revealed that the ship laden with sand from the Gulf Offshore Ramunia towards the waters of Pengerang was overturned after being hit by a strong wave that caused all the victims to fall into the sea.

Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency, Regional Maritime 7 steer a ship and three boats to the scene with other agencies such as the Marine Operations Force to launch search and rescue operations immediately after receiving complaints from Johor Port. A search and rescue is also being actively conducted around the scene with the help of aircraft APMM.

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