Malaysian On Board Ill-Fated Tugboat In China Identified

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KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 17 – The Malaysian passenger on-board the ill-fated tug boat that sank in the Yangtze River on Thursday afternoon has been identified as Cheong Kin Chin, Xinhua, a Chinese news agency reported. Unfortunately no other details were provided for by the Jiangsu Maritime Bureau and Jingjiang city police.

Meanwhile, Bernama reported that a total of 21 people were confirmed dead, while another remains missing, after a tug boat with 25 people on board went down. Rescuers are still searching the cockpit as well as the upper and lower reaches of the Yangtze River for the one missing, according to the Jiangsu Maritime Safety Administration (JMSD).

The boat, “Wanshenzhou 67″, had been lifted to the surface on Saturday morning, 40 hours after it sank in Fubei Channel, near Jingjiang City. Rescuers have so far saved three people. According to Xinhua on Saturday morning, local authorities published the names of those on board, including eight foreigners — four Singaporeans, an Indonesian, a Malaysian, an Indian and a Japanese national.

All 25 aboard the boat were men, according to the JMSD. The 30-meter-long boat, with a weight of 368 tonnes, was built by Anhui Bengbu Shenzhou Machinery Co Ltd in October. The company did not report the vessel’s route or testing plans to port authorities.

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