Ship carrying 11 Chinese crew members capsizes in Singaporean waters, 5 still missing

2017-09-13 04:25:34 GMT2017-09-13 12:25:34(Beijing Time) Xinhua English

SINGAPORE, Sept. 13 (Xinhua) -- Four Chinese nationals and aMalaysian went missing after a Dominican-registered sand dredgercollided with an Indonesian-registered tanker in Singaporean watersearly Wednesday morning.

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) said in astatement that it was notified of the collision at about 12.40 a.m.Singapore time (0440 GMT).

The sand dredger with 11 Chinese crew members and one Malaysianon board was transiting the westbound lane while the tanker wasjoining the eastbound lane of the Traffic Separation Scheme inSingapore Strait when the incident occurred, the statementadded.

After the collision, seven Chinese nationals aboard the dredgerwere rescued by the Singapore Police Coast Guard (PCG) andtransferred to the Singapore General Hospital, while the four otherChinese and one Malaysian crew member are still missing.

Search and rescue operations led by the MPA are still goingon.

Several petrol crafts have been deployed by the MPA, SingaporeNavy, Singapore Civil Defence Force and PCG to search for themissing. A Super Puma helicopter from the Singapore Air Force wasalso mobilized as from 7 a.m. local time (2300 GMT on Tuesday).

The MPA said that it is investigating the incident and there isno disruption to shipping traffic in the Singapore Strait.

According to an official with the Chinese Embassy in Singapore,one of the seven Chinese crew members sent to hospital has a ribfracture and the conditions of the other six are fine. Enditem