MUAR – The operation continued today to search and rescue 14 crew of a sand-dredging vessel that capsized off Johor yesterday, with the deployment of divers to look for the crew inside the boat.
Vessels from the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN), Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) and Marine Police are engaged in the search for the crew of the Chinese vessel JBB Rong Chang 8 that capsized 12 nautical miles west of Tanjung Tohor near here.
One crewman was found drowned and three others were rescued after the capsizing of the boat which had 18 crew, one of them a Malaysian and the rest foreigners.
Southern Region Maritime director First Admiral Datuk Abu Bakar Idris said the divers were from the RMN, MMEA and Fire and Rescue Department. There were also several who had been hired privately by the owners of the capsized vessel.
Two vessels were also at the location to tow the capsized vessel closer to shore to facilitate the rescue operation, he said to reporters at the search-and-rescue (SAR) control post in Pantai Leka near here.
He also said that the company which owned the vessel and the Embassy of China in Kuala Lumpur were extending their cooperation.
Meanwhile, Capt Tay Yeap Liong of the RMN Lumut Naval Base in Perak said the RMN had sent two teams of a total of eight divers and that they would take turns to enter the vessel.
He said the challenge for the divers would be the opening of the vessel door due to the water pressure. – BERNAMA