Second body found floating in sea where barge sank

Second body found floating in sea where barge sank
The remains of a man believed to be one of the 14 victims of the Ocean Line 208 dredger was found floating near Pengering waters located 14 nautical miles from where the vessel sank said, SAR mission team, here today. Bernama Photo
JOHOR BAHRU: A search-and-rescue team today found another body of a man floating in the sea off Johor where a Bolivian-registered barge sank on Wednesday and 14 crewmen went missing.

The second body (nationality yet to be verified) was found by fishermen at 9.3 nautical miles northeast of Tanjung Penawar, Kota Tinggi at 6.55 pm, said Tanjung Sedili District Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) in a statement.

"A MMEA vessel brought the body to Marina Tanjung Pengelih jetty and handed it over to the police for further action," said MMEA.

Barge with Chinese nationals sinks off Timur Tanjung Punggai

Earlier today, the first body was found at at 3.45 pm about 14 nautical miles from where the Ocean Line 208 barge had gone down.

The sand-laden barge sank at 8.6 nautical miles east of Tanjung Punggai at 4.20am on Wednesday while heading to Pengerang from Teluk Ramunia. 

Fourteen crewmen, comprising 13 Chinese nationals and a Malaysian, were reported missing in the incident.