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    Apr 21, 2014

    Missing ferry passenger saved by fishing vessel

    THE woman who went missing from aboard a Singapore-bound ferry on Saturday morning has been rescued, said the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA).

    At about 9pm on Saturday, the Police Coast Guard confirmed with the MPA that she had been picked up by a fishing vessel.

    The Singaporean passenger has since been taken to the Indonesian island of Batam, added MPA in a statement released later that night.

    "The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is assisting her travel back to Singapore," said an MPA spokesman.

    The woman, who was not identified in the MPA statement, was found missing after the Singapore-flagged ferry Sindo Empress arrived at Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal from Tanjong Pengellih in Malaysia at 7.30am, reported The Straits Times.

    Chinese evening daily Lianhe Wanbao said the woman is believed to be 42-year-old Wen Mao Hui, who lives in Yishun.

    Wanbao also reported that police had stuck a notice outside Ms Wen's house, asking family members to contact them.

    Five vessels, three from the MPA and two from the Police Coast Guard, had been activated for search-and-rescue (SAR) operations.

    "MPA has terminated the SAR operation and would like to extend its appreciation to the Police Coast Guard, Malaysia Marine Enforcement Agency, Batam Port Authority and Tanjung Pinang Rescue Coordination Centre for their assistance in the SAR operation," said the spokesman.