Cargo ship capsizes off Malaysia, crew missing

Cargo ship Tung Sung (MMSI 533132242) capsized during the morning of July 20th local time when it was near Kuching, Malaysia, northwest Borneo. It was reported that all the crew were missing, with at least nine people known to have been on board (possibly more)

Sarawak maritime director of the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA), First Admiral Zin Azman Md Yunus, said four of the crew members were Malaysian, four were from Myanmar and one was from Indonesia, and were aged between 20 and 52 years.

The MMEA received a distress call from the cargo ship’s owner on July 20th. The MMEA immediately launched a search and rescue operation with vessel, KM Kinabalu (probably the KM Kota Kinabalu. MMSI 533000756) which was dispatched to the scene. “In addition, KILAT Boat 35 and air asset support from the Royal Malaysia Police Air Operation Force were also mobilised to the search area,” he said.

A video released by the agency showed the ship mostly submerged, with only its upturned hull visible.