In­done­sian boat crew feared drowned

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MALACCA: Crew mem­bers of an In­done­sian ves­sel are feared drowned af­ter it cap­sized off here yes­ter­day.

The ves­sel was lo­cated by a Malaysian Mar­itime En­force­ment Agency (MMEA) pa­trol ves­sel that was dis­patched to the scene af­ter re­ceiv­ing in­for­ma­tion on the in­ci­dent at 5.30pm.

No crew mem­bers were found at the scene, said a source with MMEA.

Masjid Tanah Fire and Res­cue De­part­ment op­er­a­tions com­man­der Chee Hong Guan con­firmed a re­port was lodged of the boat cap­siz­ing 13km off Kuala Linggi Port at 7.44pm.

Rough sea con­di­tions and dark­ness forced MMEA searc­hand-res­cue ef­forts to be sus­pended. “We have not de­ter­mined the num­ber of victims, nor what cargo the ves­sel was fer­ry­ing.

“The search-and-res­cue op­er­a­tion will re­sume at 7am,” said the source.

Chee said 11 per­son­nel from the sta­tion had been mo­bilised for their search-and-res­cue op­er­a­tion.

PIC COURTESY OF MMEA

The cap­sized ves­sel was found off Kuala Linggi Port by the Malaysian Mar­itime En­force­ment Agency.

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