Crane Accidents

Eight Missing After Pontoon Crane Crashes Onto a Tugboat

02/16/03

Kota Tinggi, Malaysia

Eight Missing After Pontoon Crane Crashes Onto a Tugboat

Eight people, including seven Indonesians, are reported missing after a 120-tonne pontoon crane crashed onto a tugboat, sinking it in Pulau Juling waters near Teluk Sengat here early Saturday.

The seven Indonesians are identified as the captain of the tugboat “Tug Tambat” Suradi Rasyid, 55, engineer Suyitno, 34, and five crew members Yudha Stanniadi, 24, Zulfahmi, 22, Dediya, 40, Suharyanto, 38 and Aidil Idham, 38.

The eighth missing person is crane operator Sim Mui Guan from Muar.

Acting Southern Region Marine Police Chief DSP Norshah Mohd Idris said one crew member, Dadiya, 40, managed to save himself in the incident which happened at about 2 am.

He was rescued by a passing boat, he said when contacted.

In the incident, the pontoon crane was reportedly trying to hoist an anchor boat onto the pontoon when it lost control, spinning several times before crashing onto the tugboat.

The tugboat, which was registered in Lorenzo, Honduras, belongs to Antara Koh Sdn Bhd, which is based in Pasir Gudang port.

Norshah said the marine police, which were informed of the incident at about 3.30 am, launched a search and rescue operation at about 8 am, involving 20 divers including from the Johor Baharu Fire and Rescue Department.

Three patrol boats, the PA47, PSC33 and PSC26 also joined in the search conducted within two nautical miles from the scene of the incident, he said.

He said that as at 6 pm, the rescuers failed to find those missing.

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