Five crew members from a tugboat are missing after it collided with a containership in the Java Sea. A total of eight crew members were rescued after the accident.
According to the authorities, there are concerns that the missing crew was trapped in the tugboat which capsized after the accident.
On January 23, the Indonesian-flagged containership Tanto Bersinar collided with the tugboat and barge Mirta Jaya XIX. Contact was lost with the tugboat, which was later found five nautical miles from the point of the accident, capsized. Three crew members from the tug were rescued by a passing fishing boat.
As for the barge, it remained afloat but separated from the tug and leaking. The Indonesia Navy along with a search and rescue team helped with rescue operation.
The containership was not damaged and returned to the anchorage in the inner harbor.
In the meantime, a search and rescue vessel is searching the waters looking for the missing crew, while the tugboat was pulled closer to shore. More specifically, eight divers are attempting to locate the missing crew either aboard the vessel or the waters around the boat. However, heavy currents and cloudy seawater are making the operation difficult.
The SAR officials are now considering either to bringa a crane to pull the tugboat to the dock, or reposition it in deeper water to access the cabin.