One seafarer drowned while another 26 were evacuated when the product tanker Nusantra Akbar sank on Saturday night in Indonesian waters of the Malacca Strait.
Local reports suggest the engine room started taking on water and despite the best efforts of the crew to plug the leak, the master decided to evacuate within a couple of hours of the leak being found. Indonesian search and rescue teams were alerted and were quickly on the scene.
The 107 m long ship was transporting 7,000 tons of diesel. Authorities are now investigating how the accident happened, while salvors have been appointed to look at the wreck.