Broken Bow Causes Boat To Be Adrift Near Pulau Payar

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ALOR SETAR – The navigator of the boat that went adrift near Pulau Payar yesterday, Khairul Hasnizam Mansor, 32, said strong winds and high waves resulted in the bow section of their boat to be broken.

At the time, they were all returning from a fishing trip near Pulau Payar to the Kuala Kedah Jetty at about 7pm before realising that their boat was experiencing a breakdown in the bow section due to the uncertain wind and wave condition.

“During the return journey at about 8pm, we realised that the bow section had broken and water was beginning to enter the boat, but we did not panic and instead instructed everyone in the boat to wear the life jacket,” he told reporters immediately upon reaching the Kuala Kedah Jetty Sunday.

Khairul Hasnizam was one of the 19 victims of the boat that went adrift in Southern Pulau Payar, about 10.40 pm last night. However, they were all found in safe condition by a Class B fishing boat at 2.30 pm today.

All the 14 anglers and three crew members of the boat arrived safely at the Kuala Kedah Jetty at 7 pm today, but the boat owner and another crew member of the boat were taken to the Langkawi Jetty for further action by the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency.

Khairul Hasnizam said upon realising that water was beginning to enter the boat, he and the crew members as well as the other boat passengers began to plug the holes using cloth.

“We switched off the engine for fear that water would continue to enter the boat and at about 9.30 pm we contacted other fishing boats for assistance. At that time, we left it to Allah Almighty as we did not know where the current wouBroken Bow Causes Boat To Be Adrift Near Pulau Payar

ALOR SETAR – The navigator of the boat that went adrift near Pulau Payar yesterday, Khairul Hasnizam Mansor, 32, said strong winds and high waves resulted in the bow section of their boat to be broken.

At the time, they were all returning from a fishing trip near Pulau Payar to the Kuala Kedah Jetty at about 7pm before realising that their boat was experiencing a breakdown in the bow section due to the uncertain wind and wave condition.

“During the return journey at about 8pm, we realised that the bow section had broken and water was beginning to enter the boat, but we did not panic and instead instructed everyone in the boat to wear the life jacket,” he told reporters immediately upon reaching the Kuala Kedah Jetty Sunday.

Khairul Hasnizam was one of the 19 victims of the boat that went adrift in Southern Pulau Payar, about 10.40 pm last night. However, they were all found in safe condition by a Class B fishing boat at 2.30 pm today.

All the 14 anglers and three crew members of the boat arrived safely at the Kuala Kedah Jetty at 7 pm today, but the boat owner and another crew member of the boat were taken to the Langkawi Jetty for further action by the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency.

Khairul Hasnizam said upon realising that water was beginning to enter the boat, he and the crew members as well as the other boat passengers began to plug the holes using cloth.

“We switched off the engine for fear that water would continue to enter the boat and at about 9.30 pm we contacted other fishing boats for assistance. At that time, we left it to Allah Almighty as we did not know where the current would take our boat,” he said.

Khairul Hasnizam, who has been a fisherman for more than 15 years, said that during the 12 hours at sea, they only ate biscuit and instant mee.

Meanwhile, Deputy Operations Director of Maritime 1 Langkawi District, Lt Commander R Vincent said the leaking boat did not sink as reported earlier but was only drifting.

The search operation earlier involved two boats and an Augusta helicopter belonging to the MMEA, two boats belonging to the Marine Operations Force and a Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) boat.

— BERNAMAld take our boat,” he said.

Khairul Hasnizam, who has been a fisherman for more than 15 years, said that during the 12 hours at sea, they only ate biscuit and instant mee.

Meanwhile, Deputy Operations Director of Maritime 1 Langkawi District, Lt Commander R Vincent said the leaking boat did not sink as reported earlier but was only drifting.

The search operation earlier involved two boats and an Augusta helicopter belonging to the MMEA, two boats belonging to the Marine Operations Force and a Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) boat.

— BERNAMA

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