At least eight men were feared dead when a tin mining dredger sank in a pool near Kuala Lumpur on August 8.
PUCHONG, KUALA LUMPUR
GVs PAN Capsized dredger (3 shots)
GV Police looking on
GVs Divers preparing to inspect damage (2 shots)
GV Reporters on scene
GV Divers in water
GVs Other dredger in harbour (2 shots)
GV PAN Capsized dredger
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Background: At least eight men were feared dead when a tin mining dredger sank in a pool near Kuala Lumpur on August 8. Thirty men were on the dredger at Puchong, about fourteen kilometres (nine miles) east of Kuala Lumpur, when the accident happened, but most managed to escape. The eight trapped in the dredger included five workers of the Sungai Klang Dredging Company, two engineers and one of the vessel's owners, Michael Tang. The remainder escaped by jumping into the 25 metre (yard) deep pool and swimming ashore, from where they were taken to a nearby government clinic for treatment. Search and rescue operations began immediately but were initially hampered by darkness. Selangor Chief Police Officer Abdul Rahim Mohamed Noor, in charge of the operation, said this was believed to be the first incident of its kind. He said the crew and engineers were carrying out repairs on the dredger when the accident happened. Government officials said the dredger capsized after taking on too much water when one of its pumps was not working. Yip Siew Ngoh, Senior Inspector of Mines, southern division, said there was no likelihood of anyone inside the dredger surviving. Frogmen apparently could not be used in the rescue attempt because of obstacles in the water, and the pool might have to be pumped dry before any victims or survivors were recovered. Primary Industries Minister, Datuk Paul Leong ordered an immediate inquiry into the accident.