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Nine missing after tug capsizes off Singapore

Singapore: A rescue mission is continuing after offshore tug/supply vessel Ocean Lark carrying 13 Indonesian crew capsized and sank about 45 nautical miles off the Singapore coast in the early hours of January 6.

Two survivors were found floating in a liferaft by another vessel a few hours later, after which the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), Republic of Singapore Air Force, Republic of Singapore Navy and commercial vessels commenced a full-scale search and rescue (SAR) operation for the remaining 11 missing persons.

As at 2300hrs (Singapore time), divers from salvage company POSH SEMCO Pte Ltd had recovered two bodies, with search efforts for the other nine crew members ongoing. MPA has issued navigational broadcasts to vessels in the vicinity to join the search.

It is believed the Singaporean-flagged Ocean Lark was being managed by Seaspec Marine Services, for owner Intone Pte Ltd, and was en route from Batam to Matak. No reason for the sinking has yet been given. [06/01/10]

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