NIBONG TEBAL: After an almost 16-hour search, rescuers have found the boat with the skipper and five anglers that had been reported missing on Sunday (Feb 10).
The boat was found adrift about 37km south of Pulau Kendi, an island off the coast of Penang Island.
South Seberang Prai district police chief Supt Shafee Abdul Samad said personnel from the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency spotted the boat at 4.40pm.
“The boat with six on board matches the description of the missing boat. The engine of the boat suffered a broken gearbox.
“All passengers on the boat are safe and it will be towed back to the jetty in Batu Maung in Bayan Lepas,” Shafee told reporters at the operations centre in Kampung Dato Keramat.
The trip back is expected to take three hours.
Those rescued have been identified as the skipper Mohd Khairul Anuar Mohd Salleh, 30, and anglers Mohd Rajis Ismail, 35, Mohd Azmil Abdul Rahman, 31, Mohd Faiz Ibrahim, 30, Khairil Hafidzi Tajuddin, 31, and Lee Chee Sen, 49.
As the good news spread around the village, friends and families waiting anxiously beamed with joy.
The skipper’s mother, Rafiahdin, 60, who rushed back from Putrajaya when the boat had been reported missing, cried with happiness upon hearing the news.
“I got to know that Khairul was missing after he failed to return home.
“Alhamdulillah he is safe.
“My son is the best captain!” she cried out loudly.