Fuel oil worth some 2.7 million ringgit (680,000 U.S. dollars) onboard a Singapore- registered tanker, which was briefly hijacked in the Malaysian waters, was stolen, authorities said on Sunday.
The MT Joaquim went missing Saturday night en route from Indonesia's Tanjung Pinang to Langkawi Island in Malaysia, said Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency deputy director-general Ahmad Puzi Ab Kahar.
The tanker was found some 14 nautical miles east off Pulau Rupat, Indonesia, after Malaysian authorities dispatched dozens of ships, boats and aircraft for search and rescue operations.
Ten crew members, including 9 Indonesians and one Singaporean, were safe while two of them suffered minor injuries, according to officials. However, the 3,500 metric tons of fuel oil was reportedly gone.
The latest incident came after a tanker went missing off the east coast of Malaysia's southern Johor state in June. The tanker, which was carrying 6,000 tons of petrol worth some 21 million ringgit (5.6 million U.S. dollars), was later found near Vietnamese waters and at least eight pirates were arrested.