Deck cargo ship sinks east of Tanjung Sepang, 3 crewmen missing

JOHOR BARU:  A deck cargo ship has sunk some 3.3 nautical miles east of Tanjung Sepang waters near Kota Tinggi here.

Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) Johor director First Admiral maritime Aminuddin Abdul Rashid said its Maritime Rescue Sub Centre (MRSC) has activated its search and rescue operation after receiving a distress call about the incident at around 2pm on Tuesday (Dec 25).

“Based on information from the vessel’s captain, the ship sustained damage to its engine causing its wheel ship to be inoperative.

“The captain had made a full astern but the vessel could not turn back as the waves were too strong, causing the vessel to collide with another ship,” he said in a statement on Tuesday night.

Aminuddin added that the impact from the collision had caused the vessel to capsize before it sank at the reported location.

He said there were nine crewmembers onboard the vessel at the time of incident where six have been rescued while the remains three are still missing.

“The search and rescue operation involved three ships and a boat from MMEA while we also received assistance from the navy and marine police,” he said.

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