Posted on April 18, 2018 by Ashleigh Cowie
A crew member who was reported missing after a fire on board research vessel, MV Geos, has now been confirmed dead.
ARX reported earlier this week that the fire broke out on board the research vessel on the 17th April in the South China Sea, some 10 km off the coast of Baram.
All but one of the 38 crew members were accounted for and a search was launched for the final person.
As the fire was extinguished the search team were able to access the ship and discovered the body of the man. The Malaysia Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) informed that his body was found inside the stricken vessel in the afternoon hours of April 18.
Other crew members abandoned the ship in time and were later taken to Miri, where two of them were transported to the Miri General Hospital to be treated for injuries.
The vessel, owned by Asian Geos Sdn Bhd, was conducting geo-technical survey for Malaysian oil and gas company Petroliam Nasional Berhad (PETRONAS).
PETRONAS yesterday said that the fire was extinguished and the vessel was being monitored.
An investigation has been launched in to the cause of the fire.