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September 26,1997: Ship sinks after collision in hazy straits

Cargo ship went missing after it sank in a collision with another cargo vessel in the busy and smog-covered Strait of Malacca

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The upper part of the sunken Indian cargo ship Vickraman is all that is visible after it sank following a collision with another vessel in the Strait of Malacca. - Gulf News Archives
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1997 At least 28 Indian crew members of a cargo ship were missing after it sank in a collision with another cargo vessel in the busy and smog-covered Strait of Malacca. “It’s because of the haze,” said a spokesman at the Malaysian Maritime Rescue and Coordination Centre. The incident occurred off Tanjung Tuan near the central Malaysian town of Port Dickson. The Vickraman, registered in Madras, India, sank in the collision, with only five of the 33 crew rescued, Deputy Transport Minister Ali Rustam said. The Saint Vincent-registered cargo vessel Mount 1 was slightly damaged and no injuries were reported among its crew. Ali said he did not know whether the smog was the cause of the accident. “It is not known whether it is due to the haze because every precaution has been taken to inform passing ships of the haze,” he said. The five crew of the Vickraman were rescued by Thai merchant vessel Laemthong Glory and the Royal Malaysian Navy’s K.D. Lekir, which went to the scene on receiving a distress call, Ali said.

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