Tug with 13 crew missing in South China sea, Indonesia UPDATE found safe, faulty EPIRB

Jun 16 UPDATE: Tug was found safe, early in the morning Jun 16, distress signals were repeatedly sent by a faulty EPIRB.

Tug SUMBER MARINE 5 with 13 crew on board, towing barge SUMBER KAPUAS 232, went missing in southern South China sea N of Bangka Island, Indonesia, after issuing distress signal at around 0300 UTC Jun 15. Tug was towing barge from Batam island, Singapore Strait, to Banjarmasin, southern Kalimantan, Indonesia. SAR was launched.
Tug SUMBER MARINE 5, IMO 8774279, GT 139, built 2014, flag Indonesia, owner SUMBER KAPUAS MARINE PT.

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My name is Nikolay Torkin, I’m Merchant Marine Master, presently in command of feeder container ship trading in South East Asia. My family lives in Prague, Czech Republic. Mikhail provides me with daily accidents reports, I send him information with regards to accidents and container ships.