Six tugboat crewmembers are missing after their vessel was hit by a passing freighter, roughly 9.1 nautical miles from Tanjung Gelang, Malaysia at about 5 a.m. (locally) on Thursday. Another report states that a tanker struck the tug in the waters off the Kuantan Port, about 6 nautical miles from Tanjung Gelang.
Maritime officials said that the tug was carrying five Indonesians and a local when it was hit by the ship. Another Indonesian on board, who spotted the vessel approaching quickly, jumped into the sea to save himself and was rescued by passing fishermen.
A search and rescue operation was immediately launched, but the six victims have yet to be located. The area’s marine police, the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency and the state fire and rescue department are all involved.