SINGAPORE – Five people have gone missing after an Indonesian freighter and a Dominican Republic-flagged dredging vessel collided in the waters of southwestern Singapore on Wednesday, according to a statement by the Singapore government.
The accident occurred early Wednesday when the Kartika Segara freighter collided with the Dominican dredger JBB De Rong 19, which capsized, at 1.7 nautical miles (3.14 km) from the Sisters’ Island and around 5 km from the island of Sentosa.
“A total of 12 crew – 11 Chinese nationals and one Malaysian – were on board the dredger at the time of the incident. Five crew remain unaccounted for,” according to the official note, which added that all 26 crew members of the Indonesian ship are safe.
Meanwhile, search and rescue teams have begun operations to locate the missing crew members.
Singapore is located at the entrance of the 800 km (497 miles)-long Strait of Malacca, one of the world’s busiest straits.
At the end of August, the USS John S. McCain destroyer and a Libyan oil tanker had collided off the coast of Singapore killing 10 American sailors and injuring five.