Divers recover 2 bodies of missing dredger crew

Divers recover 2 bodies of missing dredger crew

An Indonesian-flagged tanker has collided with a Domincan-flagged dredger in the Singapore Strait, leaving at least five sailors missing.

According to the MPA, the dredger capsized as a result of the accident and is now partially submerged.

Seven of the Chinese nationals were rescued and transferred to the Singapore General Hospital for treatment. In a sea launched a search-and-rescue mission for help were sent to court and a helicopter.

The collision took place on Wednesday morning when the tanker, MT Kartika Segara, and the dredger, JBB De Ring 1, operated by a Malaysian company, were sailing in opposite directions in Singaporean territorial waters, maritime operations director at the Maritime Security Board (Bakamla), Marine Colonel Rahmat Eko Raharjo, said on Wednesday.

Four tug boats moving the partially submerged dredger safely to an area near Pulau Senang, Singapore, for follow up underwater search operations.

The collision was between an Indonesian-registered tanker carrying 26 crew members from the country and a Dominican-registered dredger carrying 11 crew members of Chinese and one of Malaysian origin.

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The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) said that it was alerted to the incident at around 12.40am on Wednesday. "We will continue with our search and rescue efforts to find the remaining three missing crew members", said its chief executive, Andrew Tan in an updated statement, here. Five crew remain unaccounted for.

In addition to this, MPA has deployed three patrol craft to assist in the SAR operation and the Republic of Singapore Navy, SCDF and PCG have also deployed a total of seven vessels on scene to support the search and rescue operation.

The MPA also said that vessel traffic control had given warnings to both vessels prior to the collision. Ships have been told to be on the lookout for the missing crew members, and to navigate with caution near the accident site.

It noted that there was no disruption to shipping traffic in the Singapore Strait.

The accident comes less than a month after a United States destroyer and an oil tanker collided near Singapore, leaving 10 United States crewmen dead. Ten US Navy servicemen were killed in the incident.

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