KOTA TINGGI: Three men on a fishing trip off Pulau Lima, about one nautical mile from Sungai Rengit here, have gone missing since Saturday.
Mohd Lazim Ismail, 51, and Jokimin Pojan, 52, – both from Felda Pengelih Timur – and boat owner Sallehuddin Johari, 32, of Kampung Baru Teluk Ramunia, were supposed to return the following day.
OCPD Supt Tajuddin Md Isa said the trio planned to stay on the island overnight and when they failed to return after more than 30 hours, Mohd Lazim’s wife lodged a report.
He also said they had set out for Pulau Lima at 10pm on Friday in Sallehuddin's fibreglass boat.
“We believe that the boat, powered by a 155cc engine, could have capsized during stormy weather on Saturday,” he said.
Supt Tajuddin said police launched a search and rescue operation shortly after receiving the report but had yet to locate any of them.
He said a team from the marine police and Fire and Rescue Department here were monitoring the area for any signs of the missing men.
He said police also deployed one inshore boat around the banks of Sungai Rengit, adding that rough waters and strong currents had obstructed the search.
However, he said they would continue looking for the men.