CRUISE SHIP CAPSIZED, 4 CREW MEMBERS FOUND SAFE

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Four crew members of a cruise ship survived when their vessel capsized after hitting a rock at 0.3 nautical miles south of Pulau Lalang near Langkawi, on Saturday (Feb 27) night, reports the New Strait Times.

•Epic Princess capsized

Kedah and Perlis Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) director Maritime First Admiral Mohd Zawawi Abdullah said in the incident at 10.30pm, the ‘Epic Princess’ cruise ship was on its way from Tanjung Tokong, Penang to Langkawi.

The Langkawi Maritime Rescue Sub Centre (MRSC) activated a search and rescue operation after receiving a report from one of the ship’s crew.

The incident was also reported to the Royal Malaysian Navy, the Marine Police Force and the Marine Department.

•Crew rescued

Kedah and Perlis Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) director Maritime First Admiral Mohd Zawawi Abdullah said in a statement, “The 42-year-old captain of the ship and three crew members, aged between 26 and 54, were rescued by the patrol vessel KM Tenggol.”

The ship was later towed to Boustead Shipyard, Langkawi for further action.

•Public urged to take safety measures

Meanwhile, Mohd Zawawi reminded the public to take safety measures, such as wearing life jackets, referring to weather forecasts, providing details of their destinations to families, and bringing adequate food supplies if they want to carry out activities at sea.

“We will also continue to increase enforcement operations to combat and prevent cross-border criminal activities in the waters of the Malaysian Maritime Zone; and the public is asked to channel any relevant information to the Maritime Operations Centres in Kedah and Perlis at 04-9662750,” he said.

Source: New Strait Times