MMEA Rescues Two Brunei Fishermen, Nine Others Still Missing


KOTA KINABALU: Two out of 11 fishermen from Brunei whose boat drifted into Malaysian waters were found safe around Pulau Tiga at noon today.

The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) in a statement said one of the victims appeared weak and was brought to the Sepanggar jetty before being taken to hospital for further treatment.

It said the agency received a distress call from the Brunei National Search and Rescue Coordination Committee on the incident on Aug 7.

“The Maritime Rescue Coordinating Centre (MRCC) in Putrajaya relayed the information and sought assistance to locate the victims,” the statement said.

Local seamen also informed the Kota Kinabalu Maritime Rescue Sub-Centre (MRSC) that they saw nine people wearing safety jackets in Semarang waters last Wednesday.

A Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) aircraft was mobilised to trace the fishermen at their last known location.

In JOHOR BAHRU, the agency’s Batu Pahat Zone director Maritime Commander Mohammad Othman in a statement said the captain and two crew of of a barter boat that was on its way to Tanjung Balai managed to save themselves after it capsized in choppy waters off Benut near here at about 11 pm yesterday.

He said the trio, aged 24 to 47, had life jackets on and clung to empty oil drums until they were rescued by a passing boat at 10.45 am today.

He added that on being informed of the incident, the agency despatched an asset to bring them to its jetty in Batu Pahat.