Crewman missing as tanker sinks in storm off Sarawak

KUCHING: A search has been launched for a missing crew member of a tanker that was reported to have sunk in Samalaju waters about 40 nautical miles northwest of Bintulu.

Bintulu maritime zone director Khairol Anuar Saad said a report was received at 10.53am today that the Banga 2 tanker, with four crew members on board, had sunk.

Three crew members were rescued by a boat that happened to be nearby while one Indian crew member, identified as Himanshu Kumar, was missing.

“The victims said their ship was hit by a storm while anchored in the waters off Samalaju at about 2am, causing it to sink,” he said.

The captain and another Malaysian and one Indian national managed to get on the life raft but the other crew member drifted away, he said.


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