MPA Statement on Search and Rescue Operations in waters off Horsburgh Lighthouse

31 August 2019

At about 0840 hours on 30 August 2019, the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) received a report that two persons with life jackets were sighted in waters about 4.3 nautical miles from Horsburgh Lighthouse, the coordinates being Latitude 01⁰17.40’N Longitude 104⁰20.63’E, within the Singapore Maritime Search and Rescue Region. Please refer to the attached map on the incident location.

2   Singapore co-ordinated the search and rescue (SAR) operations. The Singapore Police Coast Guard and the Republic of Singapore Navy immediately deployed personnel and vessels. The Republic of Singapore Air Force also deployed a Super Puma helicopter to the incident area to support search operations.

3   In addition, MPA issued navigational broadcasts for ships to look for the missing persons.

4   The Indonesian National Search and Rescue agency, BASARNAS, also deployed a surface craft to assist in search and rescue. 

5   At about 1300hrs on 31 August 2019, MPA received an update from the Indonesian authorities that the two missing persons have been rescued by an Indonesian coaster vessel at the reported location yesterday. Both survivors were given medical attention in Batam.