One dead, 124 rescued after vessel sinks near Baram

ONE crew member was found dead while 124 others were rescued after a vessel capsized near the waters off Baram earlier today, said the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA). A total of 121 crew members have been rescued.

In a statement, MMEA said the Maritime Rescue Coordination Center in Putrajaya had received an alert from Sapura Construction ship reporting that the vessel had received an emergency signal from Dayang Topaz at 7.7 nautical miles from Kuala Baram, Miri, at 6.45am.

The Sapura Construction ship was deployed to trace the location of the Dayang Topaz while other assets from MMEA, Petronas and Shell were also despatched to aid the search and rescue operation.

Meanwhile, Miri MMEA Chief Captain Md Fauzi Othman said it is believed that the crew were thrown off the vessel after it was hit by strong winds.

“The anchor was cut off causing the vessel to crash into an oil rig near the area,” he said.