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Second Body Found Floating In Sea Where Barge Sank

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JOHOR BAHARU – A search-and-rescue team today found another body of a man floating in the sea off Johor where a Bolivian-registered barge sank on Wednesday and 14 crewmen went missing.

The second body (nationality yet to be verified) was found by fishermen at 9.3 nautical miles northeast of Tanjung Penawar, Kota Tinggi at 6.55 pm yesterday, said Tanjung Sedili District Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) in a statement.

“A MMEA vessel brought the body to Marina Tanjung Pengelih jetty and handed it over to the police for further action,” said MMEA.

EarlierThe first body was found at at 3.45 pm about 14 nautical miles from where the Ocean Line 208 barge had gone down.

The sand-laden barge sank at 8.6 nautical miles east of Tanjung Punggai at 4.20 am on Wednesday while heading to Pengerang from Teluk Ramunia.

Fourteen crewmen, comprising 13 Chinese nationals and a Malaysian, were reported missing in the incident.

– BERNAMA

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