Two people killed as oil rig and tanker ship crash off coast of Borneo

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Two crew members of a Malaysian offshore support vessel died on Tuesday after their ship hit a rig off the state of Sarawak on Borneo island.

The Dayang Topaz rammed into the Baram B oil platform after its anchor cable broke in bad weather, Petronas and marine authorities said in separate statements.

The ship was carrying 187 crew, 125 of whom jumped into the sea when the accident happened, about 7.7 nautical miles (14.3 km) offshore, marine authorities said.

Two died but the rest were rescued.

One of the victims was Malaysian but the identity of the second remains unknown at this time.

The Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre received a call at 6.45am from a Sapura Construction ship, which had in turn received a distress signal from the Dayang Topaz approximately 7.7 nautical miles from Kuala Baram.

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Malaysia's marine department said the extent of the damage caused had yet to be determined but no marine pollution had been detected.

"The damage caused by this collision has yet to be determined. However, no marine pollution was detected and the ship has been brought to the nearest shipyard for inspection," the department said.

The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) is leading the search and rescue operations, assisted by other ships under the supervision of Petronas Carigali Sarawak Operations.

The Baram B platform is operated by Petronas Carigali, the oil exploration unit of state oil firm Petronas.

In a statement, Petronas said the tragic incident was being investigated.

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