Missing anglers: Two bodies recovered, six other rescued

BINTULU: Six more anglers who were reported missing after their boat sank in the waters off Mukah on Tuesday (Sept 20) night were found safe while two others were confirmed dead.

Bintulu Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) director Kapten Mohd Khairol Anuar Saad said the four anglers who were rescued, were found at about 8.40am on Thursday (Sept 22) by fishermen who were in the search area.

He said the crew of a fishing vessel, Himajaya, found the first body at about 10.30am before locating and saving two victims about an hour later.

“At about 12.30 in the afternoon, another body was found by Marine Police personnel in the search area.

“This leaves only one more victim who has yet to be found,” he said in a statement on Thursday.

Earlier, Kapten Mohd Khairol said two of the anglers in the capsized boat were found floating and were rescued by the crew of a ship, MT Capella, which was passing by the location of the mishap at about 3pm on Wednesday (Sept 21).

The incident was reported to have happened at about 8.30pm on Tuesday, approximately 34 nautical miles northwest of Mukah, before the Kuching Maritime Rescue Sub Centre activated a search and rescue operation half an hour later.

The Carilamat Forward Base was also activated at the Mukah Malaysian Fisheries Development Board jetty. – Bernama