Vessel with over 100 crew capsizes near Baram waters


Part of the vessel ripped by strong winds believed to have been brought by Molave Typhoon. – Picture from Borneo Post

By John Isaac

A VESSEL with at least 100 crew is reported to have capsized near Baram waters earlier today.

Miri Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) chief Captain Md Fauzi Othman when contacted by Borneo Post, confirmed his agency received a report on the incident around 7.45am today.

“Our team has been dispatched to the scene, located some 7.6 nautical miles off Miri.

“We were informed that there are more than 100 crew in the vessel,” he said.

Crew from the vessel were seen floating with their life jackets after rough sea accompanied by strong winds hit their vessel.

It is not known how many crew have been rescued as the operation is ongoing.

To a question, Md Fauzi said 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,” said Md Fauzi.

Yesterday, Malaysian Meteorological Department issued a warning on Molave Typhoon which brings about strong winds and rough sea at the South China Sea.

Molave was forecasted to start moving across the South China Sea early yesterday.