TANJUNG SEDILI: A body of an Ocean Line 208 crew member was found floating in the sea, at a location 14 nautical miles away from where the sand dredging vessel capsized on Wednesday.

Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) District 7 commander Mustafa Kamal Abas said the body was of a man, but his identity was yet to identified. The body was found floating face down at 3.45pm.

The body was brought to the Tanjung Sedili jetty, and handed to the police to facilitate investigation.

Mustafa also said the search and rescue operation to find the remaining 13 crew members including a Malaysian and a woman, ceased at 7pm yesterday and would resume today.

There are three MMEA vessels and other assets from the marine police and navy involved in the operation.

Five diver teams from the navy were also involved in yesterday's operation.

On Wednesday, the Bolivian-registered vessel with 15 people on board capsized at 8.5 nautical miles off eastern Tanjung Punggai after it was struck by huge waves.

The 3am incident had led to a search and rescue effort involving the MMEA, the marine police.

A 51-year-old Chinese national, Li Guozheng who is the vessel's chief engineer was the sole survivor of the tragedy.

He had managed to abandoned the vessel as it tipped over and swam to an anchored ship nearby to safety.

The dredging vessel was carrying sand from Teluk Ramunia and was headed to Pengerang.

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