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The search and rescue operations for missing persons from the capsized barge in Singapore waters have been terminated after nine days.
SINGAPORE: The search and rescue operations for missing persons from the capsized barge in Singapore waters have been terminated after nine days.
The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) called off the operations at 5pm on Friday.
The Bolivia-flagged barge Heng Hong 168 capsized on December 19 about three nautical miles west of Horsburgh Lighthouse.
Of the 11 crew members on board Heng Hong 168, six crew members were rescued on the day of the accident, while one crew member was rescued on December 22.
Indonesian authorities are verifying the identity of one body that was recovered on December 24. MPA said it is still not clear whether the body is one of the missing crew members from Heng Hong 168.
Four people remain unaccounted for.
MPA said it will continue to inform vessels passing through the vicinity of the incident site to keep a lookout for the remaining missing crew members
The nine-day search and rescue operations involved more than 300 vessels and 2 aircraft, and covered an area larger than 1,500 square kilometres.