2 people rescued from waters near Pedra Branca by Indonesian coaster vessel

Pedra Branca photographed in 2017. Two people were spotted about 4.3 nautical miles (7.96km) from the Horsburgh Lighthouse on the island on Aug 30, 2019.
Pedra Branca photographed in 2017. Two people were spotted about 4.3 nautical miles (7.96km) from the Horsburgh Lighthouse on the island on Aug 30, 2019.PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - Two people were rescued by an Indonesian vessel on Friday (Aug 30) after they were spotted floating out at sea in the waters near Pedra Branca.

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) said on Saturday that it received a report of the two people wearing life jackets at 8.40am on Friday.

The people, whose genders were not stated, were spotted about 7.96km from the Horsburgh Lighthouse on Pedra Branca and within the Singapore Maritime Search and Rescue Region, the MPA said.

Singapore coordinated the search and rescue operations. The Singapore Police Coast Guard and the Republic of Singapore Navy immediately deployed personnel and vessels.

A Super Puma helicopter from the Republic of Singapore Air Force was also deployed.

MPA issued navigational broadcasts for ships to look for the pair.

Singapore's efforts were aided by a surface craft from the Indonesian national search and rescue agency.

 
 

Indonesian authorities eventually informed Singapore that an Indonesian coaster vessel had rescued the two missing people at the reported location on Friday, MPA said.

The rescued pair were given medical attention in Batam.