One missing, two injured in drilling vessel fire in waters off Malaysia

BY APD NEWSApr 17,2018 at 17:24

One was missing while two were injured after a drilling vessel caught fire in waters off Malaysia's Sarawak state on North Borneo, the country's coast guard said Tuesday.

The coast guard received distress call in the wee hour on Tuesday. The crew jumped into the sea to escape the fire and 38 were rescued, including the two who were injured, the coast guard said in a statement.

The fire was totally under control by early morning, the statement said, adding that the drilling vessel, MV Geos, was owned by a Malaysian company.

There were 39 crew on board the ship, including 33 Malaysians, five Indonesians and a Thai national, the local Star newspaper reported.

A search and rescue operation has been launched to find the missing crew member, the coast guard said.

(ASIA PACIFIC DAILY)

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