Nine seafarers reported missing after cargo ship capsizes in Malaysia

Nine seafarers of MV Tung Sung are reported missing after their cargo ship capsized in the Sebuyau waters yesterday.

The Sarawak maritime director of the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA), First Admiral Zin Azman Md Yunus said four of the crew members are locals.

The MMEA’s Sarawak director said the missing crew comprised four Malaysians, four Myanmar nationals and one Indonesian citizen, according to Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency.

They are between 20 and 52 years old.

Authorities have identified the nine crew members on board and launched a search of the area on Thursday.

The incident came to the MMEA’s attention after receiving a distress call from the cargo ship’s owner.

He also added that the MMEA after receiving the report regarding the incident, a search and rescue operation was launched with vessel, KM Kinabalu, dispatched to the scene.

The incident was also passed on to the partner agencies involved and the local maritime community.

“In addition, KILAT Boat 35 and air asset support from the Royal Malaysia Police Air Operation Force were also mobilised to the search area,” he said.

A video released by the agency showed the ship mostly submerged, with only its upturned hull visible.