KUCHING – The Search and Rescue Exercise (SAREX) 2016 is to boost preparedness of the country’s enforcement agencies in facing any incident at sea, including territorial encroachment by foreign fishing vessels.
Sarawak Region director of the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency, Maritime First Admiral Ismaili Bujang Pit said the monsoon season in October and November would pose a higher risk to local fishermen, besides the problem of encroachment by foreign fishing vessels.
He said SAREX would also boost cooperation among the agencies involved, as well as test and coordinate the communication methods in real situations.
“During the exercise, we will identify the line of communication and how to rescue and bring away the victims.
“Hopefully, this exercise will raise our efficiency in serving the maritime community,” he told a press conference after launching SAREX 2016 at the Tun Abang Salahuddin Maritime Complex (Komtas), here, today.
SAREX 2016, held from today until Oct 12 in the Tanjung Po area and towards Pulau Lakie in the Sarawak waters, involves 14 agencies.
Ismaili said the MMEA had set a 30-minute limit for action, mobilising its assets after receiving a report on an incident, and should reach the location within two hours.
“If we are far away from the location, we will notify the ship nearest to the location,” he said. – BERNAMA