Crew member of sunken ship still missing

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MUKAH: There is still no sign of an Indonesian crew member reported missing after his ship capsized in Batang Igan last Sunday (June 26).

Search and rescue (SAR) operations entered Day 5 today.

A spokesman from the Fire and Rescue Department (Bomba) said Wednesday’s operation covered a radius of 8km from where the vessel capsized.

Rescuers from Daro Bomba, Sungai Merah Bomba diving unit, police, Sarawak Rivers Board and villagers carried out a water surface search for the victim, who is in his 20s.

Last Sunday, the vessel, which was carrying sand and had a crew of five, capsized near Kampung Bungan Kecil, Batang Igan.

The incident was witnessed by a passer-by who managed to rescue two of the crew members but three others went missing.

Sungai Merah police, who received a report around 4.20am, immediately alerted Bomba and a SAR operation was launched.

On the same day, at around 1.30pm, rescuers were informed that a third crew member had managed to swim to safety. It was reported that he swam ashore after drifting 300m downstream from the scene.

The next day (June 27), rescuers managed to find one of the victims floating in the river around 2.25pm and handed over the body to the police for further action.

The victim, identified as Ting Ling, 23, was discovered some 5m from the SAR control post at the Bungan Kecil jetty.

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