The anchor of the offshore auxiliary ship reportedly broke off due to bad weather, causing the ship to lose control and collide with the oil platform.
A crew member of a Malaysian offshore support ship drowned after his ship collided in bad weather with the oil rig it was operating off the Malaysian Borneo, the Coast Guard said Tuesday, but more than 100 other seafarers were rescued.
The ship, the Dayang Topaz, rammed into the BeramB oil platform after the anchor cable broke, said the head of the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA), Mohamad Zubil Mat Som, in a statement.
The crew member drowned after jumping into the sea along with 124 others who were later rescued, Mohamad Zubil added.
“As a result, 124 of the 125 crew members who jumped into the sea were rescued while one of them died in the incident.”
Mohamad Zubil did not identify the lonely death.
125 crew members jumped from Dayang Topaz when the maintenance ship capsized 7.7 nautical miles off Kuala Baram in Miri this morning.
Of 125 crew members, 121 were rescued, one died while another was still missing.
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The beramB platform is operated by Petronas Carigali, the oil exploration unit of the state oil company Petronas in Malaysia.
According to Mohamad Zubil, after the cable broke, the crew lost control of the ship and crashed the ship against the rig and sank.
Pictures posted on social media showed the beramB platform with the twisted scraps of metal from a broken crane and jack.
Another photo showed dozens of crew members being crushed in a liferaft as they were rescued.
The Brunei National Search Agency and local fishermen helped the Malaysian authorities with the rescue effort, the Malaysian authorities said.
However, the turbulent sea conditions made it difficult for rescue workers to carry out the operation.