2nd LD Writethru: Singaporean divers find two bodies of missing crew in dredger accident

2017-09-13 14:36:12 GMT2017-09-13 22:36:12(Beijing Time) Xinhua English

SINGAPORE, Sept. 13 (Xinhua) -- The Maritime and Port Authorityof Singapore (MPA) announced Wednesday evening that divers haverecovered two bodies of missing crew members from a dredger whichhad collided earlier in the day with a tanker in Singapore'sterritorial waters.

The MPA did not mention the nationalities of the recoveredbodies in its press release. But an official with the ChineseEmbassy in Singapore confirmed that one of them was Chinese and theother Malaysian.

The dredger, identified as the JBB DE RONG 19, had 11 Chinesecrew members and one Malaysian onboard when the collision occurredat about 12:40 a.m. (1640 GMT Tuesday). The accident capsized theship, leaving five crew members, including four Chinese,missing.

The collision also damaged the hull of the Indonesian-registeredtanker, but all its 26 crew members were unharmed.

The MPA said it will continue to lead the search and rescueoperations, which so far involve about 200 people, supported bymultiple vessels and helicopters.

The MPA added that it had notified the Indonesian RescueCoordination Center about the incident and they have deployed fivevessels to assist with search and rescue in Indonesian territorialwaters.

Andrew Tan, chief executive of MPA, said the authority expressedits deepest condolences to the families of the two deceased andwish those injured a speedy recovery.

He said Singapore will continue with its search and rescueefforts to find the remaining three missing crew members.Enditem