Armed robbers boarded a barge under tow at Singapore Straits
Boarded // Type of Vessel: Tug
Posn: 01:13.3N – 104:06.5E, Singapore Straits.
Off Nongsa Island Off Batam Island.
Six robbers armed with machetes boarded a barge under tow. Three duty watchmen onboard the barge were threatened by the robbers. One watchman was taken hostage while the other two watchmen managed to escape and raise the alarm. Seeing the alerted crew the robbers escaped with the watchmen’s stolen mobile phones. Authorities informed and they boarded the vessel for investigation.