5 missing after tanker and dredger collide in Singapore waters; search and rescue ongoing

5 missing after tanker and dredger collide in Singapore waters; search and rescue ongoing

A police coast guard vessel patrols the shipping lanes near freight ships off the coast of Singapore. (File photo: Reuters/Vivek Prakash)
SINGAPORE: Search and rescue operations are under way after a tanker and a dredger collided in Singapore waters on Wednesday (Sep 13) at about 12.40am, the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) said.The collision, 1.7 nautical miles off Sisters' Islands, was between Indonesian-registered tanker Kartika Segara and Dominican-registered dredger JBB De Rong 19, the statement said.The dredger capsized and is currently partially submerged. Seven crew members from the dredger were injured while five remain unaccounted for. No one from the tanker was hurt."A total of 12 crew ─ 11 Chinese nationals and one Malaysian ─ were onboard the dredger at the time of incident. Seven of the Chinese nationals have been rescued by the Singapore Police Coast Guard and transferred to the Singapore General Hospital by the Singapore Civil Defence Force ambulances for medical treatment. Five crew remain unaccounted for," MPA said. The seven people were sent to the Singapore General Hospital hospital at 2.45am, the hospital confirmed. Three of them have been discharged.
MPA is leading the search and rescue operations and relevant Singapore agencies are assisting, it said.
collision between US Navy warship USS John McCain and oil tanker Alnic MC in Singapore waters last month. 
Source: CNA/mn