LUMUT: Two fishermen clung to lifebuoys for about six hours before a passing ship rescued them, following a pre-dawn collision between their boat and a container ship in Selangor waters on Saturday.
Rescue teams are searching for two other men, who were in the boat during the 4am incident, which occurred 34 nautical miles south of Pulau Jarak.
Marine police here named the two rescued men as Roslan Mohamad, 24, and Badrol Hisham Abdul Rahman, 29, while the missing men were identified only as Wan Jusoh, 50, who was the boats skipper, and Rashid, age unknown.
All four, from Nibong Tebal, had gone to sea on Thursday. Visibility at that time was believed to be poor due to the haze.
Perak marine police chief Deputy Supt Mak Pak Chuai said the fishermen were flung out of their boat when a passing container ship rammed into their craft, damaging it and causing it to capsize.
Roslan and Badrol Hisham hung on to lifebuoys until crewmen from a fishing boat spotted and rescued them at 10.30am.
The two fishermen were brought to us at 3pm and we immediately mounted a search operation for the missing two, he said.
He advised fishermen not to fish in waterways used by container ships due to the present poor visibility level caused by the haze.
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