Missing, Three Crewmen Of Sandakan-Registered Boat In Philippine Waters

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TAWAU – Three Indonesian crewmen, aged between 26 and 47 years, who were in a fishing vessel near Sulu early Thursday morning were missing and their fate is still not known.

The boat registered in Sandakan, Malaysia, was found with its engine still running.

According to sources, Filipino security forces came across the fishing boat near Pulau Langawan.

Meanwhile, the Eastern Sabah Security Command (ESSCom) received a report on the matter and is still awaiting a full report on the incident which occurred in Philippine waters.

Esscom commander Datuk Wan Abdul Bari Wan Abdul Khalid was quoted as having confirmed that the authorities have received a report at 6pm with regards to the discovery of the vessel.

“As of now, I can confirm that we have received the report and it happened in Philippine waters.

“They (the missing fishermen) could have been fishing outside Malaysian waters but we are waiting for full details from our counterparts.”