When the general cargo vessel MV Thorco Cloud sank in the Singapore Strait in December 2015. The Mission to Seafarers enacted emergency support to assist the six survivors from the crew of twelve.  

After being taken to Singapore General Hospital for treatment and observation, the Revd Peter Manimathu met with the Captain and his crew. “They were understandably distraught and told me that they had survived by staying afloat with life jackets but they all thought that they were going to die. As they had lost all their personal belongings, I provided them with clothes, a phone so that they could call their anxious families and prayed with them.” 

In the weeks that followed, The Mission to Seafarers in Singapore, not only provided support to the seafarers but, as an international charity, was able to offer support to the crew’s families. The Revd Canon Stephen Miller, Regional Director for East Asia, The Mission to Seafarers, said: “We are very aware that the families of the seafarers are facing an anxious few days and the surviving crew will need our help when they arrive back home.  We have therefore alerted our seafarers’ families’ project team, led by Mrs May Jose in Manila, who are in touch with the Filipino families that have been affected. The Mission team plan to start visiting tomorrow to offer further care and practical assistance. We have also been in touch with the respective embassies in Singapore on behalf of the crew members who are still missing.”

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