Labuan MMEA Halts Search For Missing Indonesian Fisherman

LABUAN: The search and rescue (SAR) operation for an Indonesian fisherman who is feared to have drowned after trying to free a fishing net caught in their boat’s propeller on December 24th has been called off yesterday (December 28th).

Labuan MMEA director Captain (maritime) Nudin Jusoh said the decision was made after deliberating with the Maritime Rescue Sub Centre (MRSC) Labuan and other enforcement agencies during the fifth day of the SAR operation.

“The SAR operations ended on today after there was no clue in the search perimeter of the operation that covered about 174 nautical miles overall,” he said.

Nudin said the operation involved assets from MMEA, marine police, Fire and Rescue Department and Fisheries Department.

However, he said the search will be continued if there is a new lead on the whereabouts of the victim.

Nudin thanked the media for the cooperation and highlighting the SAR operation.

In the 5pm incident, the victim, identified as Diniela Rambie, 58, had gone fishing with two other crew members at around 5pm.

The victim and another crew member were trying to free the fishing net that got trapped in the boat’s propeller, one crew returned to the boat, but the victim did not after the net was successfully freed.