One sailor feared dead, 22 rescued from burning tanker

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PONTIAN: A sailor is feared dead while 22 others were rescued from a burning tanker located at 2.6 nautical miles off the south of Pulau Kukup here this afternoon.

At press time the tanker is still on fire with the operation to douse the flame ongoing.

MT Samudera's engine room caught fire at 2.40pm but the Southern region Malaysia Maritine Enforcement Agency (MMEA) was only alerted of the situation at 4.40pm.

Its enforcement chief Left. First Admiral Adun Shalan  said the rescue mission was a joint operation between the marine police, Fishery Department and also the Pontian Fire and Rescue Department.

The 22 crew all-Indian nationals are currently undergoing routine medical observation at the Pontian Hospital, after they were ferried to the Kukup Jetty at 7.45pm.


"The crew said the fire started at the engine room about 2.45pm and spread rapidly, though they tried to put it out.
 

"They also said that they were not ferrying any combustible items, or fuel. We will conduct checks tomorrow to estimate the extent of damage," he added.


MT Samudera was traveling from Batam, Indonesia heading towards Chettagon, India when the fire broke out.
 

MT Samudera on fire off the coast of Kukup in Pontian, Johor. Pix courtesy of MMEA.

A view of the burning MT Samudera. Pix courtesy of MMEA

Some of the 22 all-Indian nationals crew members of MT Samudera being brought ashore. Pix courtesy of MMEA

MT Samudera on fire at 2.6 nautical miles south of Kukup, Pontian in Johor. Pix courtesy of MMEA.


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