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Batam ferry 'sank', lifeboats also 'sank', luckily all saved

Postby tankee » Mon Nov 30, 2015 7:34 am

SINGAPORE: Nearly 100 people were rescued after their ferry heading to Singapore from the Indonesian island of Batam hit a floating object on Sunday night (Nov 29).

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) said it received a report at about 9.45pm that an Indonesia-registered ferry “Sea Prince” had hit a floating object after leaving the Nongsapura ferry terminal in Batam.

It said at the time of the incident, the ferry was in Indonesian waters and heading towards Singapore with 97 passengers, including 51 Singaporeans and seven crew.

The ferry operator, Batamfast, immediately activated two ferries to transfer all the passengers to the Nongsapura ferry terminal. All the passengers are accounted for and the ferry is in a stable condition, MPA said.

One of the passengers, Ms Chella Ho, who was travelling with two other friends, told Channel NewsAsia that the ferry sank slowly in deep waters halfway between Batam and Singapore.

She said the ferry operator launched two inflatable boats from the ferry for the passengers, but both inflatable boats also sank due to the overload. All the passengers wore life-saving jackets.

Ms Ho said some nearby vessels immediately came to their rescue and all passengers were saved. She said all passengers later arrived at Singapore’s Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal safely.


http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/sin ... 04342.html

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Postby starlight1968sg » Mon Nov 30, 2015 7:37 am

Relatively short distance also got prob. Sigh... what is this world becoming?

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Postby dolphinsiah » Mon Nov 30, 2015 11:01 am

感恩大家都平安! :pray:
大难不死,必有后福!
谢天谢地!

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Postby atrecord » Mon Nov 30, 2015 11:09 am

Glad that everybody is safe. Looks like apart from the haze, the Indonesians also have other things to work on. How can life boats also sink? They obviously didn't have enough lifeboats and so needed to squeeze...

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Postby zbear » Mon Nov 30, 2015 11:22 am

Thank God everyone is saved.

Otherwise, it will be 2nd tragedy for 2015.

Hope that the last month of 2015 pass by peacefully.

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Postby KanChiongMum » Mon Nov 30, 2015 11:40 am

Both inflatable boats sank?!!!

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Postby starlight1968sg » Tue Dec 01, 2015 7:30 pm

am wondering what happened to their luggages or belongings including passports?

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Postby squishybuns » Tue Dec 01, 2015 7:36 pm

We take it as an experience otherwise we will never learn taking everything for granted that life is just too good to be true here peaceful as always been.Many times we read of such incidents happening in other places beyond our shores without thinking it could one day happen here at our door step.Being a safe place does not mean such accidents will never happen.One consolation is that everyone are safe.

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Postby dragonmummy » Thu Dec 03, 2015 12:15 pm

Yes indeed, glad that all passengers were accounted for. But after reading the accounts, it was really very scary!

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Postby starlight1968sg » Thu Dec 03, 2015 8:12 pm

deep water or sea is scary

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