Fourteen people are lost at sea and feared drowned after the sand dredging barge they were working on turned turtle after being struck by rogue waves east of Tanjung Punggai early yesterday.
A search and rescue operation launched by Malaysia Maritime Enforcement Agency shortly after being alerted led to the rescue of another worker.
He was spotted by a passing vessel. “The SAR operation under way involves four vessels and a surveillance aircraft, with assistance from the marine police,” MMEA enforcement chief Captain Amran Daud said.
The incident occurred when the Bolivian-registered Ocean Line 208 vessel, laden with sand, was struck by huge waves at 4.20am.There were 14 Chinese nationals and a Malaysian on board. The barge was bound for Pengerang from Teluk Ramunia.
|MMEA’s search and rescue operations team heading towards the ill-fated barge.|