The 18-strong crew of a sinking China-bound freighter was rescued early Monday morning after spending over five hours in the open waters off Malaysia’s Pulau Perak, the Star reported on Tuesday.
None of the 15 Vietnamese and three Burmese crew members was injured, the Malaysian newspaper said.
Their bulk carrier, the Hodasco 15, started to sink 10 nautical miles west of the island at 10 p.m. on Sunday after springing a leak in the engine compartment.
The 6,045-ton Mongolian-flagged vessel was carrying iron ore from Calcutta, said Lieutenant Commander Nurul Hizam Zakaria, logistics director of Maritime District 3.
“They were stranded for five hours aboard their sinking ship before another vessel happened upon them,” he said. The second ship, the MV Boron, was on its way to Syria from India.
“We will help them contact their respective embassies in Kuala Lumpur so arrangements can be made for their repatriation,” Nurul Hizam said.
Source: Thanh Nien