9 anglers missing after boat capsizes off Mukah

The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency says a search-and-rescue operation has been launched for the nine reported missing after their boat capsized in Mukah waters. – The Malaysian Insight file pic, September 22, 2022.

TWO anglers were rescued and nine others reported missing after their boat capsized in Mukah waters, near Bintulu, on Tuesday.

The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) has launched a search for the nine after receiving a report on the incident, which happened at about 8.30pm, some 30 nautical miles northwest of Mukah.

“The Kuching Maritime Rescue Sub Centre (MRSC) activated the search-and-rescue (SAR) operation at 9pm yesterday. A forward SAR base was set up at the LKIM (Lembaga Kemajuan Ikan Malaysia) jetty in Mukah at 8am today,” MMEA Bintulu Zone director Mohd Khairol Anuar Saad said in a statement today.

He said the crew of a vessel, MT Capella, which was passing the area at 3pm yesterday, reported that they saved two men drifting in the waters.

The two were then taken to Senari Port in Kuching.

“Based on information from the two, the group left Penakub jetty in Mukah on September 19 for fishing. During the incident, they managed to put on life jackets and clung on to fish drums before being rescued by the ship’s crew,” Khairol said.

He said Kuching MRSC has alerted other agencies and asked for assistance from the marine police, Sarawak Fisheries Department (JPLS), Malaysia Civil Defence Force, Fire and Rescue Department and Sarawak Shell.

Two vessels and an aircraft from MMEA, a boat and an aircraft from marine police and a JPLS boat are involved in the operation, while Sarawak Shell has provided platforms to assist in asset deployment. – Bernama, September 22, 2022.

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