One crew member is feared dead and 2 others injured after an empty oil tanker ship caught fire off the coast of Pulau Kukup.
First Admiral Adon Shalan, Enforcement chief at Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) Southern Area stated on Sunday that maritime authorities successfully rescued 22 male crew members that were on the burning tanker ship but 1 remains missing.
“The fire onboard the tanker ship reportedly started at around 4:40 p.m. but officials are finding it difficult to control the flames,” he added when contacted at around 11:15 p.m. on 14th of June.
He told that all crew members were consisted of Indian nationals who were travelling from Batam, Indonesia to India when the fire started at 2,6 n.m. from the coast of Pulau Kukup.
“The whole group of 22 crew members were rescued and transferred to the marine police jetty in Kukup at around 10:05 p.m.
“2 of the crew members sustained burns and are being treated for their injuries in the local hospital,” he added.
Admiral Shalan also told that MMEA had also roped in authorities from the Marine Department and Port of Tanjung Pelepas to deal with the fire onboard the tanker ship.
“The damaged MT Samudra tanker ship usually carries oil but we were informed by the crew members that it was empty when the fire broke out,” he told adding that the search for the remaining crew member could only be conducted once the flames were brought under control of fire fighters.