11 people missing after Singapore-registered ship capsizes

18:45, January 06, 2010      

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Eleven crew members are missing after a Singapore-registered tugboat capsized off Pedra Branca, an outlying island of Singapore, on Wednesday morning.

According to local TV broadcaster Channel NewsAsia, the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) said two other crewmembers were rescued by a passing Singapore supply vessel, about 16 nautical miles east of Horsburgh Lighthouse.

The MPA said the crew, all Indonesians, belonged to a Singapore-registered tugboat called "Ocean Lark." The tugboat had left Batam, Indonesia and was headed to Matak, Indonesia, when the incident happened.

The report said that Singapore's Air Force and Navy have been roped in for the search and rescue operation.

Source: Xinhua
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