Five crew of Malaysian fishing trawler rescued near Pedra Branca by Singapore Navy

The MPA received a report that a Malaysian-registered fishing trawler capsized seven nautical miles north-east of Pedra Branca (above).
The MPA received a report that a Malaysian-registered fishing trawler capsized seven nautical miles north-east of Pedra Branca (above).PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - The Singapore Navy rescued five crew members of a fishing trawler that capsized on Tuesday (Sept 22) morning.

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) received a report that a Malaysian-registered fishing trawler capsized seven nautical miles north-east of Pedra Branca, in Singapore waters at about 9.40am on Tuesday.

All five crew members onboard were rescued by the RSS Independence, a Republic of Singapore Navy patrol vessel.

Two crew members of the trawler sustained minor injuries and were given medical attention by the crew of RSS Independence.

The rescued crew members have reached Singapore safely. The Singapore authorities are verifying their nationalities.

MPA has deployed three vessels to conduct salvage operations in Singapore waters and to ensure navigational safety.

The maritime authority has also issued navigational broadcasts to ships warning them to stay clear of the incident area.