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Sibu ferry capsizes, 3 dead, 1 missing (more coming)

Post Number:#1  Postby timyang » Sun Dec 26, 2010 5:58 pm

Ferry capsized in Mersing, three dead

December 26, 2010
MERSING, Dec 26 – Three people died while one person missing when a ferry carrying 29 passengers from Tanjong Leman jetty to Sibu island in Mersing, Johor capsized.

Mersing police chief DSP Mohd Nor Rashid cinfirmed the incident. – Bernama
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Post Number:#2  Postby necrosis » Sun Dec 26, 2010 11:15 pm

Come, lets volunteer search for dead bodies.
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Re: Sibu ferry capsizes, 3 dead, 1 missing (more coming)

Post Number:#3  Postby timyang » Mon Dec 27, 2010 9:14 am

MERSING, Dec 26 (Bernama) -- One of the victims in  the wooden boat which capsized about 300 metres from the Tanjung Leman jetty here Sunday said the situation became chaotic when the boat was tossed by the waves.

Lim Tai Wee, 35, a Singaporean, said he was able to hold on to a piece of wood from the boat to keep afloat before being rescued.

"The weather then was not good. What I could remember was the situation becoming chaotic when the boat was tossed by the waves before it suddenly capsized," he said when met here.

Another victim, a local who wished to be known only as Ah Yap, 19, said he was lucky because he was able to grab a fish box when the boat overturned.

"I heard shouts for help, but there was nothing I could do because of the choppy water," he added.

  Three people died and two others were missing after the boat carrying 29 tourists capsized about 300 metres from the Tanjung Leman jetty here about 1.30pm.

The tourists comprised nine Malaysians, 19 Singaporeans and a Chinese national.

Police have arrested the skipper and the operator of the boat, aged 67 and 58 respectively, to assist in investigations.

The Maritime Enforcement Agency, Civil Defence Department, Marine Police and Armed Forces are helping in the search for the missing two.

--BERNAMA
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Post Number:#4  Postby tigershue » Mon Dec 27, 2010 10:48 am

The boat was meant for 12 pax only. They packed 29 pax in. That's why la.
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Post Number:#5  Postby daud11 » Mon Dec 27, 2010 11:45 am

tigershue wrote:The boat was meant for 12 pax only. They packed 29 pax in. That's why la.


operator very greedy! didn't even provide life jackets!
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Post Number:#6  Postby ezy_ez » Mon Dec 27, 2010 12:55 pm

It was reported a fishing trip but fishing during monsoon..? :dontknow:
Its possible though i find it risky..

If only there were 12 pax, probably the boat can take the weight on choppy seas.. My condolences to the deceased..
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Re: Sibu ferry capsizes, 3 dead, 1 missing (more coming)

Post Number:#7  Postby timyang » Mon Dec 27, 2010 5:34 pm

SINGAPORE: The body of one of the Singaporeans missing after a fishing boat capsized off Mersing, Johor in Malaysia has been recovered and identified by family members.

Malaysian police identified the victim as 41-year-old Tor Soon Kwee.

The latest development brings to four the number of Singaporeans killed in Sunday's incident.

A spokesman from Singapore's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said the ministry is working with Singapore's Consulate-General in Johor Baru to assist in the repatriation of the body to Singapore.

Search operations for the second Singaporean missing are on-going.

One Singaporean remains warded in hospital in Mersing.

As for the survivors, Channel NewsAsia understands that Malaysian authorities provided accommodation for them on Sunday night.

Malaysian district police chief Mohammad Nor Rashid told AFP that the accident occurred at about 1:30pm (0530 GMT) as the wooden boat carrying 29 mainly Singaporean tourists headed back to the mainland from Sibu island, where they had been fishing.

"Our reports indicate that there were 19 Singaporeans, one Chinese national and nine Malaysians on board the wooden boat when it capsized because of high waves, near the mainland's jetty, " Mohammad Nor said.

The boat's captain and owner had been detained for questioning pending further investigations, Mohammad Nor said, adding that early indications show there were no life jackets on board.

- CNA/AFP/ir
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Post Number:#8  Postby timyang » Mon Dec 27, 2010 5:35 pm

A ferry carrying 29 passengers from Sibu Island towards Mersing Johor’s Tanjung Leman ferry terminal has capsized (Getty Images).

Three Singaporeans have died while another two are believed to be missing after a ferry carrying 29 passengers bound for Mersing, Johor capsized on Sunday afternoon.

According to Malaysian media, the three Singaporeans are Adrian Tan, aged 67; Chua Lim Khoon, aged 45; and Low Li Jun, aged 33.

Another two Singaporeans are believed to be missing.

According to Channel NewsAsia, the incident happened at about 1.30pm on Sunday, when the boat was travelling from Sibu Island towards Mersing’s Tanjung Leman ferry terminal.

Other passengers include Malaysians and a Chinese national.

The Malaysian police believed the boat was loaded beyond its usual capacity of 12 passengers.

Mr Rashid added that strong winds and currents may have caused the boat to sink. Both the operator and the Malaysian boat driver have been arrested.

Search and rescue operations are currently ongoing.

Singaporeans who are unable to reach their loved ones who were on the boat can contact the MFA duty office at +65-6379-8800 (24 hours) and the Singapore Consulate-General in Johor Bahru at +60-7226-5012 (24 hours).
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Body of Tor Soon Kwee, 41, found; Eng Kian Tek, 44, still missing

Post Number:#9  Postby timyang » Mon Dec 27, 2010 6:56 pm

MERSING, Dec 27 – Another body has been found off Tanjung Leman jetty, bringing the death toll in the boat capsize tragedy yesterday to four.

Mersing police chief DSP Mohd Nor Rashid said Tor Soon Kwee, 41, was found by the search and rescue team at 7am today, about two kilometres off the jetty.

The body of the male Singaporean was sent to Mersing Hospital for a post-mortem.

“We are still searching for Eng Kian Tek, 44, despite strong winds and high waves,” said Mohd Nor.

The 80-member team includes police, Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) and Fire and Rescue Department.

The boat with 29 passengers travelling from a kelong near Pulau Sibu to Tanjung Leman jetty capsized 300 metres from the jetty at 1.30pm yesterday.

They comprised nine Malaysians, one Chinese and 19 Singaporeans.

Three people drowned yesterday were Low Lee Jun, 33, Chua Lim Khoon, 45, and Adrian Tan, 67, all from Singapore.

Police had remanded the 67 year-old boat skipper and 58 year-old operator for questioning. – Bernama
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Post Number:#10  Postby Narco » Mon Dec 27, 2010 7:06 pm

necrosis wrote:Come, lets volunteer search for dead bodies.


What a tragedy..

necrosis, love to volunteer in this kind of mission.. hopefully i'll have a chance to do so.. I think all divers should be participating in this kind of project as a contribution to the society.
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Re: Sibu ferry capsizes, 3 dead, 1 missing (more coming)

Post Number:#11  Postby necrosis » Mon Dec 27, 2010 8:19 pm

Was at Tanjung Leman jetty earlier in the day, only managed one dive to search the wreckage for the last missing passenger. Dive operation aborted due to rough sea state. While at the jetty, saw quite a number of wooden boats ferrying passengers from fishing trips. Most of the boats have a sign that clearly states "12 passengers only". However still see a few boats carrying slightly more than 12 passengers.

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Press and officials from various authorities

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Some family members of the last missing passenger

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Search & rescue boats from Maritime Enforcement and Bomba

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Most boats berthed at the jetty has this similar sign. 12 Passengers

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Post Number:#12  Postby JaneTor » Tue Dec 28, 2010 12:56 am

This is Jane Tor, the niece of the latest body found, Tor Soon Kwee. Thank you for helping out, my family sends their sincere heartfelt gratitude for all your concerns.
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Post Number:#13  Postby Narco » Tue Dec 28, 2010 1:45 am

Dear Jane, my condolence to u and ur family..
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4 Singaporeans confirmed dead

Post Number:#14  Postby timyang » Tue Dec 28, 2010 1:58 am

THE Ministry of Foreign Affairs has confirmed that three (sic) Singaporeans - three male, one female - have died after a boat en route to Mersing capsized.

They are Adrian Tan Kook Yong, Chua Lim Khoon, Tor Soon Kwee and Ms Low Li Jun.

One other male Singaporean is missing, the MFA said, and search and rescue operations were on-going as at 11pm on Sunday.

According to Malaysian authorities, 19 Singaporeans were on board the boat, with 14 rescued. Of these, seven were warded while the the others received outpatient treatment.

The MFA said they have contacted the families and next-of-kin of the four Singaporeans who lost their lives, as well as the other missing Singaporean.

The MFA spokesman added that they will assist with the repatriation of the Singaporeans' bodies, and facilitate the return to Singapore of those who can travel.
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Incident to be investigated under Section 304(A) - death by negligence

Post Number:#15  Postby timyang » Tue Dec 28, 2010 2:01 am

MERSING - Another body of another missing Singaporean, Tor Soon Kwee, has been recovered and identified by family members, MFA said in a press statement.

This brings the death toll of Singaporeans involved in the fatal accident to four and one other still missing.

The ferry carrying 29 passengers capsized about 300 metres from the Tanjung Leman jetty on Sunday at about 1.30pm, reported Bernama.

Mersing police chief DSP Mohd Nor Rashid told Bernama that the boat was carrying 19 Singaporeans, nine local residents and a Chinese national.

It was heading to the jetty from a fishing platform in Pulau Sibu.

The dead were identified as Low Li Jun, 33, Chua Lim Khoon, 45, Adrian Tan, 67 and Tor Soon Kwee, 41, according to Bernama.

Their bodies had been taken to Mersing hospital for a post-mortem.

The police chief said that the one still missing is Kian Tek Eng, 44, also from Singapore.

In response to media queries, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) spokesman said: "According to Malaysian authorities, 14 (Singaporeans) were rescued.

"Seven have been warded while others were given outpatient treatment."

MFA officers are currently in Mersing rendering assistance.

The MFA spokesman said: "We have been in touch with the families and next-of-kin of the three Singaporeans who lost their lives, and the two missing Singaporeans.

"We will assist with the repatriation of the bodies of the Singaporeans, and facilitate the return to Singapore of those who can travel.

"We continue to work closely with the Malaysian authorities on the two missing Singaporeans."

The boat was believed to be overloaded beyond its normal capacity of 12 passengers. Initial investigations indicated that strong waves had hit the boat, causing the victims to fall into the sea, Bernama reported.


The report also added that no one on board had a life jacket on.

DSP Mohd Nor said the boat captain and owner of the kelong (boat) have been detained and that the case is being investigated under Section 304(A) of the Penal Code for causing death by negligence which carries a maximum penalty of two years' imprisonment or fine or both.

One of the passengers, Singaporean Lim Tai Wee, 35, is traumatised over the loss of his two cousins.

"One minute we were enjoying the holiday and the next we were struggling for our lives when the boat capsized.

"It was very windy and the waves were hitting the boat hard," he said in between sobs.

The Maritime Enforcement Agency, Civil Defence Department, Marine Police and Armed Forces are aiding the search for the missing two, the report said.

Singaporeans who are unable to reach their loved ones who were on board the boat, can contact the MFA duty office at +65-6379-8800 (24 hours) and the Singapore Consulate-General in Johor Bahru at +60-7226-5012 (24 hours).
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Slim hope for missing ferry victim

Post Number:#16  Postby timyang » Thu Dec 30, 2010 12:49 pm

THE Malaysian maritime authorities are likely to call off dedicated air and sea rescue efforts today, after searching the past four days for missing 44-year-old Singaporean Ng Kian Teck, a spokesman told my paper yesterday

Land search efforts could still continue on the coastline.

Coastal patrols near the site where Mr Ng was last seen will be on the lookout for his body.

Mr Ng was on an ill-fated wooden boat ferrying 29 people, including 19 Singaporeans, to Mersing, from a kelong off Pulau Sibu.

The boat capsized 300m from the Tanjung Leman jetty it was headed f o r . Four Singaporeans have so far been confirmed dead as a result of the incident.

A spokesman for the Maritime Rescue Sub-Coordination Centre (MRSC) in Johor Baru told my paper the authorities believe that chances of finding Mr Ng alive are slim.

This is based on the current monsoon-weather conditions and an account from a survivor.

The survivor had seen Mr Ng jumping off the boat before it flipped over in the choppy waters.

But after a few big waves passed, he could not be found.

It is believed that Mr Ng could have been dragged under the water surface or carried away by currents from the incident site, said the MRSC spokesman.

"If a body is trapped underwater for four days, it might not be whole any more due to decomposition, strong waves and sea currents. This would make it harder to find him," he said.

The spokesman said that the monsoon weather has also made search efforts difficult, as large waves and rain have lowered visibility.

It is also hazardous for the search team to be out at sea in such conditions, he added.

The MRSC spokesman said the search team comprised about 170 people on Tuesday and yesterday.

Helicopters and rescue divers had also joined in the search.

A Singaporean expert in search-and-rescue operations said the Malaysian authorities have mounted a very intensive search-and-rescue effort for Mr Ng.

The expert, who has more than a decade's experience, said that a body at sea could float to the surface within 12 to 24 hours after death because of gas building up in the decomposing body.

If the body is pulled below the surface by undercurrents, it might be trapped underwater by sea debris, he added.

Meanwhile, officials from six Pulau Sibu resorts met yesterday with their boat operators to look into enhancing their customers' safety. There are at least eight resorts on Pulau Sibu.

Mr Zulkapli Jafar, owner of Kambau Bay Beach Resort, chaired the meeting. He said that many resorts were concerned that business could be affected by the incident.

Mr Zulkapli said that the number of his resort's walk-in customer enquiries for next year has fallen by 30 per cent, compared to a year ago. About 30 per cent of his resort guests are Singaporeans.

Most Pulau Sibu resorts are closed at the start and end of the year because of the monsoon.

Mr Zulkapli said the six resorts have agreed to ensure that all their boat operators are licensed, carry two engines on their boats to pre-empt engine failure and offer to help one another in times of distress at sea.

Most resorts use two boats.

He added that one boat operator has been appointed to ensure that other operators comply with safety regulations. myp@sph.com.sg
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Sibu kelong boat crews short handed

Post Number:#17  Postby timyang » Thu Dec 30, 2010 12:54 pm

MERSING: The boat that sank in Mersing, claiming the lives of four Singaporeans, requires two deckhands and a driver to operate, according the Malaysian Authorities.

But only the driver was on board when the vessel ran into trouble as it made its way from Sibu Island to Tanjung Leman Ferry Terminal last Sunday.

The man behind the wheel when the vessel capsized, 67-year-old Wan Abdul Rashid Mahmud, was brought on Wednesday to the accident location and also the kelong, as part of the ongoing investigations into the sinking.

MediaCorp understands that the boatman has worked at Ah Yu kelong as a helper for about 30 years and sometimes drives the boat out.

It is believed he has a licence to operate the vessel.

However, on the day of the accident, he violated safety regulations when he took in 29 people onto his boat, which was supposed to carry only 12 passengers.

That is why he and the boat owner, 58-year-old Wong Pak Mai, have been in remand since Sunday.

Mr Wong is also the owner of Ah Yu kelong, a popular destination for anglers.

No charges have been filed against him and Mr Wan Abdul Rashid.

The authorities will decide on Thursday if the remand period should be extended to facilitate investigations.

They could be released on bail.

The two men could be charged with negligence and causing death under Section 304 (A) of the Malaysian Penal Code.

If found guilty, they could face two years' imprisonment, and fined.

A fifth Singaporean is still missing, and search and rescue operations are ongoing. The search resumed at about 8:30am on Wednesday.

Channel NewsAsia understands that about 170 personnel, including divers, were deployed.

A total of four boats left the jetty on Wednesday morning to comb the waters.

Malaysia's Coast Guard has also stepped up checks on boats in the southern waters to make sure they are seaworthy.

It will also ensure vessels are not over-loaded, and have enough life jackets.
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5th and final body found in Indonesia

Post Number:#18  Postby timyang » Thu Dec 30, 2010 9:30 pm

SINGAPORE: The body of the fifth Singaporean victim of the Mersing boat accident has been found.

The body of 44-year-old Ng Kian Tek was found by a fisherman in the waters near Bintan Lagoon Resort in Indonesia, on Thursday afternoon at about 1.30 pm.

The body has been brought to a mortuary at a hospital in Tanjong Pinang, which is near Bintan island.

Channel NewsAsia sent a photo from a viewer to the authorities in Mersing, who invited Ng's brother to identify the body.

Channel NewsAsia has spoken to Bintan police chief, Mr Johsnes Widodo, who said the identity of the body was confirmed by looking at the personal belongings found in his pocket.

"We found, on the body, among others a passport, the name was Ng Kian Teck. There were also a wallet, a bunch of car keys, a SIM card, a credit card and also 400 Ringgit," said the police chief.

Ng's brother has also confirmed his identity by the clothes that he was wearing.

Ng had been missing since Sunday's boating accident in Mersing, Malaysia.

He had been the sole victim still missing after the boat that he was in, sank when it was travelling from a kelong near Sibu island, towards the Tanjong Leman ferry terminal in Mersing.

29 passengers were on that boat which was supposed to carry only 12 people.

Four other Singaporeans died in the accident.

Mersing police are still conducting investigations into the tragedy.

The boatman and the owner of the capsized boat who had been in remand since Sunday were released on bail on Thursday. Their case will be heard on Friday and authorities will determine what charges will be brought against them.

Authorities there have called off search operations now that Ng's body has been found.

Mersing's police chief, Deputy Superintendent of Police Mohd Nor Rashid, said: "We call off, we will call off (the search)...For us, we're very sad because the body is a dead body. We are sad [for] the family. I can only say that I am very proud of the assistance given by all the agencies concern for the search and rescue."
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