Bad weather stops search for anglers


  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 20 May 2003

KOTA KINABALU: Bad weather forced the temporary suspension of a search and rescue effort to find two missing anglers and another two boatmen after their vessel sank in waters near the city last Thursday.  

Winds gusting up to 75km per hour hit parts of Sabah's west coast yesterday.  

A Meteorological Services Department official said Sabah would continue to experience strong winds and heavy rains for the next several days. 

He said the warning of strong winds in the state issued on May 16 was still applicable. 

Sabah Commissioner of Police Datuk Ramli Yusuff said the search efforts involving Marine Police and the Police Air Wing had to be called off.  

“We will resume the search as soon as the weather conditions improve,'' said Ramli who was among the various officials to send off the Yang di-Pertuan Agong at the Kota Kinabalu international airport. 

The missing anglers, Methuselah Chong and Alexius Onong, as well as boatmen Lapaie and his son Mohd Najib along with eight other anglers were in a boat which sank near Pulau Gaya following an overnight fishing trip at Pulau Menggalum. 

Fishermen rescued the eight near Kota Belud on Friday.  

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