MFA Confirms 3 S'poreans Dead In Mersing Boat Incident

27 Dec

SINGAPORE : Singapore's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) has confirmed that three Singaporeans – two men and a woman – died in the boat capsize incident off Mersing.

Two other male Singaporeans are missing, and search and rescue operations are on-going as at 11 pm on Sunday.

The bodies of the three Singaporeans who died have been identified by family members early Monday morning.

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

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

The ministry said it will work closely with the Malaysian authorities on the two missing Singaporeans.

The ministry has also been in touch with the families and next-of-kin of the two missing Singaporeans.

A ministry spokesman added that according to Malaysian authorities, 19 Singaporeans were on board the boat that capsized.

14 were rescued – seven have been warded while the others were given outpatient treatment.

The spokesman added that officers from the ministry's Consulate-General in Johor Baru are on the ground in Mersing rendering assistance.

– CNA /ls

Channel News Asia

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