JOHOR BAHARU – All 12 men in a boat that was reported missing near Pulau Aur,
Mersing before being found late yesterday afternoon, arrived at the Malaysian
Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) Jetty, Kuala Sedili near Kota Tinggi, early
Kota Tinggi District Police Chief, Supt Rahmat Othman said all the victims
arrived at the jetty at about 1am with their boat being towed by the MMEA
“Earlier, their boat was detected by an MMEA aircraft at about 6.15pm
yesterday at 25 nautical miles east of Tanjung Sedili,” he said in a statement,
Rahmat said the victims, comprising one tekong (skipper), a boat crew member
and 10 anglers, were greeted on arrival by family members and friends.
He said an investigation revealed that there was a leak in the fuel pipe
when the boat was travelling back to shore on Thursday morning which resulted in
the boat running out of fuel.
The fishing boat was reported to have left for a fishing trip from Tanjung
Sedili on Tuesday and should have returned on Thursday.
However, the last position the boat was detected was in the waters of Pulau
Aur, about four nautical miles from Pulau Jemaja, Indonesia.
A report on their disappearance was lodged by the wife of the tekong, who
was also the owner of the boat at 6.30pm, two days ago after failing to contact
her husband. – Bernama