The two lifeless bodies of the three found by local search and rescue teams near the sunken Thorco Cloud in the Singapore Strait have been confirmed as two of the initially six missing crew members.
The six crew members of the Antigua and Barbuda-flagged freighter Thorco Cloud went missing after their ship sank in the Singapore Strait in the evening hours of December 16.
“Today we can confirm that the two other ones recovered have likewise been identified as two of the initially six missing crew members. We are deeply saddened and want to express our sincere condolences to the families grieving the immeasurable loss they have suffered and likewise to the families still in a state of uncertainty,” Thorco Shipping said in an update.
MV Thorco Cloud had 12 crew members on board when it collided with Cayman Islands-registered chemical tanker Stolt Commitment and sank, out of which six were rescued.
Following the first diving survey, which have resulted in 3D images, Thorco Cloud reportedly has broken into two pieces, divided with 1600 meters. They furthermore show that the wreckage is stabile.
Only minor oil leakage has been reported and the situation is under control by the local authorities.
The investigation and potential salvage discussions are ongoing.