Barge search and rescue ends, four presumed dead

Singapore: After nine days of search efforts involving more than 300 vessels and two aircraft covering an area larger than 1,500 sq km, the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) terminated the search and rescue (SAR) operations for missing persons from the capsized Bolivia-flagged barge Heng Hong 168 at 1700hrs on Friday. The barge capsized on 19 December 2013 in Singapore waters about three nautical miles west of Horsburgh Lighthouse.

MPA will continue to inform vessels passing through the vicinity of the incident site to keep a lookout for the four persons that remain unaccounted for.  [30/12/13]

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