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Five missing in barge capsize off Singapore

Five seafarers are missing and six were rescued after a barge capsized in Singapore waters close to Horsburgh Lighthouse.

The Maritime & Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) said lift raft was spotted southwest of Horsburgh Lighthouse at 0800 hrs on Thursday and a Police Coast Guard vessel went to the aid of the life raft rescuing six crew members.

The six rescued seafarers said they were from the barge Heng Hong 168 which had capsized 3nm west of the lighthouse, and that there were five more crew who were missing.

MPA said it was conducting a search and rescue operation (SAR) involving both air and sea. “MPA has issued navigational broadcasts to vessels in the vicinity to keep clear of the SAR area and to report any sightings of the missing persons,” the authority said.

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