Body Of 4th Singaporean Found After Boat Sank In Johor

28 Dec

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. Police in Mersing have deployed more than 130 personnel from various departments to locate the missing Singaporean, 44-year-old Ng Kian Tek.

“Our current focus would be deploying small boats in the waters, as well as conducting a search along the beach. We are deploying 133 personnel so the full force is mobilised,” said Mersing Police Chief Mohammad Nor Rashid.

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.

Mohammad Nor 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

Channel News Asia

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