Posted on April 19, 2018 by Ashleigh Cowie

Over 100 people are missing after a passenger ship sank off the coast of Singapore earlier today.

The unidentified vessel was transporting 102 passengers and 4 crew members from Bandar Penawar, Johor, Malaysia, to Bintan, Riau Islands, Indonesia. 

Reports indicate that at around 0253 ICT this morning the ship suffered heavy damage and began to sink while in the waters of Pedra Branca island, a small Singaporean island at the Singapore Strait eastern entrance (Lighthouse Horsburgh). 

A large search and rescue operation has been launched involving all of the relevant states- Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia. As of 1300 ICT today 4 people had been rescued but the other 102 were still missing. 

It is believed the majority of the people on board were Indonesian nationals working in Malaysia and on the way home. 

According to latest updates, the ship in question was a wooden coastal boat, local type.

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