Police classify case of shipyard workers as ‘sudden death’

SIBU (Bernama) – The Sibu police have classified the case of shipyard workers who died after inhaling toxic gas at the Rantau Panjang Shipbuilding Estate late last Thursday night as sudden death.

Sibu District Police Chief ACP Stanley Jonathan Ringgit said investigations at the scene of the incident did not reveal any criminal elements.

An employee reportedly fell into the tank of a towing vessel at about 6.15pm, and attempts by co-workers to save the man failed, as several of them fainted and fell into the tank as well.

Fire and Rescue personnel and a medical team from the Sibu Hospital was informed about the incident at about 6.28pm, and rushed to the scene to save the victims

A total of seven foreign workers were removed from the tank, and two of them were pronounced dead at the scene.