Posted on December 26, 2018 by Ilias Kiritsis
Palau-flagged Cargo Ship, AMANDA, capsized and sank at approximately 2pm local time on December the 25th, 3 nautical miles east of Tanjung Sepang, Malaysia.
The merchant vessel allegedly suffered steering failure, proceeded to go out of control and then collided with another ship that was anchored in the area.
As a result of the collision, the vessel started to capsize and began to sink.
The crew, a combination of Chinese and Bangladeshi nationals, attempted to escape the vessel, however, only 6 out of the 9 seafarers managed to be rescued in time.
“Based on information from the captain of the ship, MV Amanda suffered damage to the generator which caused the ship’s wheel to stop functioning.”
“The search will focus on the surface and underwater. A team of divers has been placed in a state of preparedness to dive when there is a possibility that the victim is still trapped,” said in a statement to the press, First Admiral Aminuddin Abdl Rashid, director for the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA).
Since the incident, the search and rescue team has managed to locate the bodies of two unfortunate seamen, one Chinese and one Bangladeshi national.
The search and rescue efforts continue, in an attempt to locate the last missing member of the crew.