Indonesian boat crew feared drowned
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.
The capsized vessel was found off Kuala Linggi Port by the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency.