VESSEL-PLATFORM COLLISION: Survivors to arrive in stages

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MIRI: Forty-six survivors from the 125 who jumped off from the MV Dayang Topaz vessel which crashed into an oil rig platform arrived at the Krokop offshore jetty in stages today (Oct 27).

The vessel was carrying 187 crew members; 125 jumped overboard while 62 remained on board.

The remaining 79 crew members who jumped, including two who died, will also be taken to the jetty in stages.

A search and rescue (SAR) operation has been activated upon receiving an alert on the incident around 6.50am.

The crash was reported to have occurred at 6.30am, at about 7.7 nautical miles off Miri waters, after the vessel crashed into the platform.

The vessel’s survivors arriving at Krokop Jetty.

In the incident, the crew members were thrown off the vessel due to strong winds and the vessel’s anchor was cut off, causing it to crash.

The survivors’ family members gathered at the jetty in Krokop but due to the standard operating procedures (SOPs) in place, they were asked to wait in another building.

Seruji Nuga

Survivors were treated by medical personnel from Miri Hospital and were quarantined before being allowed to see their relatives.

“I was informed on the crash by my relatives via WhatsApp, so I went to Marina Jetty at first because I wanted to know about my brother’s fate,” said Seruji Nuga, a family member of one of the survivors.

Angkok Bawing

Seruji was relieved when he was told that his younger brother, Donny Nuga, was among the survivors.

Angkok Bawing, 60, from Suai Niah, said he drove all the way from Batu Niah after he received a call from his 28-year-old son who was on board the vessel.

“He called me right after the incident to say that he was safe,” he said.

That afternoon, Transport Minister Datuk Lee Kim Shin also visited the offshore jetty where he was briefed on the SAR operation which involved 159 personnel from 12 agencies.

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