Four Bodies Recovered from Sunken Barge

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Published May 25, 2015 1:06 PM by The Maritime Executive

Four bodies have been recovered so far from a barge that sunk off the coast of Singapore last week.

The search for the 14 sailors missing from the Oceanline SC2018, a Bolivian-registered sand barge has been ongoing since the vessel capsized May 20. The bodies of one Malaysian man and two Chinese men were discovered Friday and over the weekend. A fourth body, that of another Chinese crewman, was recovered at around 11:00 am today.

The search operation has been greatly hindered by rough sea conditions over the weekend and into Monday.The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) stated that diving operations were called off around 3:30pm today due to strong currents. According to Malaysian news sources, today’s rescue operation consisted of a ship, four boats and a total of 28 rescue divers.

The bodies have been brought to the Marina Jetty at Tanjung Pengelih for additional investigation.

The Oceanline SC2018 was carrying a cargo of sand between two Malaysian cities on May 20 when it reportedly capsized due to rough waves. One crewman was rescued immediately following the incident, but ten crewmembers still remain unaccounted for.