Three Anglers Reported Missing Since Thursday Rescued Near Pulau Tiga

The rescued anglers who went out fishing on Thursday morning and failed to return the same day. – Photo credit MMEA Sabah

KOTA KINABALU: Three fishermen are reported missing after failing to return from a fishing trip in the waters off the state capital were rescued by a tourist boat some time on Friday near Pulau Tiga.

Their rescuers found the three – Mohd Wapie Said, 34, Amsiran Mijan, 55, and Malik Awang, 40, paddling their boat and were in a “state of fatigue and hungry”.

According to a Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA), the three were taken to a relative’s house at Pulau Gaya at night, and after a short rest and food, they were brought back to the mainland at midnight

Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) Sabah and Labuan Maritime First Admiral Mohd Zubil Mat Som confirmed the rescue of the trio in a statement Saturday.

He said that the three men went fishing in a white fibre glass boat about 7am Thursday around Pulau Sepanggar, Pulau Gaya and Pulau Mengalum, and were supposed to return the same day.

When they failed to return, a police report was lodged at the MMEA mounted a search and rescue mission.