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Search continues for three crew members after oil tanker catches fire near Malaysian coast

04 May 2023

The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency on Tuesday (2 May) said the search and rescue operation is still ongoing for three crew members of oil tanker MT Pablo who went missing after the ship caught fire in Tanjung Sedili waters. 

The three missing crewmen were identified as Indian nationals Satyam Tripathi, 26, and Dinesh Kumar Chauhan, 34, and Ukrainian, Sabit Shenderovsky, 37.

Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) acting director-general Vice Admiral Datuk Saiful Lizan Ibrahim said 25 crew members of the Gabon-registered vessel were successfully rescued. 

Of the total, four crew members suffered serious injuries to the hands, hips and legs. All of them were taken to Kota Tinggi Hospital for treatment. 

The ship was carrying a total of 28 crew members consisting of Indian, Ukrainian, Russian and Pakistani nationals. It was en route from China to Singapore before burning at a position of 37.5 nautical miles northeast of Tanjung Sedili at around 3 pm on Monday (1 May). 

The Star, on 3 May, reported the tanker was still not safe for Malaysian authorities to board. 

At the time of publication, the three missing crewmen have yet to be found by the search and rescue team despite widening the search area to 71 nautical miles. 


Photo credit: Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency
Published: 4 May, 2023

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