Search resumes for 14 missing crew from barge that capsized off Singapore waters

SINGAPORE - Search efforts by the Malaysian authorities for 14 crew members missing from a capsized barge resumed at 7am on Thursday after being called off at 6pm yesterday, according to Malaysian authorities.

The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency confirmed that they had on Wednesday rescued one of the 15 crew members on board the Bolivian-registered sand carrier Oceanline SC208. An official told The Straits Times that the Chinese national was "very safe", uninjured, and in Malaysia.

He added that the authorities are now carrying out salvage operations of the vessel.

The ST understands that other crew members - 13 Chinese nationals and one Malaysian - were still unaccounted for as of Thursday morning.

Singapore is coordinating the search and rescue operations.

The vessel capsized near Pedra Branca lighthouse - the easternmost point of Singapore on Wednesday morning.

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) deployed two vessels, which joined others from the Republic of Singapore Navy and the Singapore Coast Guard, and several Malaysian vessels for rescue operations.

The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency has promised an update on the situation at 10am. An update at the Singapore end is expected at noon.

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