Three sailors still missing after fatal ship collision

Search under way after accident involving dredger and tanker; two bodies recovered.

A search-and-rescue mission for three missing sailors is under way in the waters off Sisters’ Islands after a fatal collision between a tanker and a dredger that has already left two dead.

The accident between the Dominican-registered dredger JBB De Rong 19 and the Indonesian-registered tanker Kartika Segara took place at 12.40am yesterday, about 1.7 nautical miles south-west of Sisters’ Islands, in the westbound lane in the Singapore Strait. This was where the dredger was transiting and the tanker was leaving Singapore to join the eastbound lane.

The two bodies were recovered by divers at 4pm yesterday.

The Chinese Embassy in Singapore said in a press statement yesterday that one of the casualties was a Chinese national, while the other was Malaysian.

Both were from the JBB De Rong 19, which capsized and remains partially submerged.

Sailors missing

The dredger, managed by Malaysian company LK Global Shipping, had 12 crew members on board, comprising 11 Chinese nationals and one Malaysian.

Seven were rescued and taken to Singapore General Hospital (SGH). One person remains hospitalised, while the rest have been discharged.

The remaining person in hospital suffered chest and head injuries but is now in a stable condition and has been transferred out of the intensive care unit, said the Chinese Embassy.