GEORGE TOWN: The five anglers and one skipper, who were lost at sea for two days, have arrived safely at the Batu Maung jetty.
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, arrived at 10.10pm at the jetty on Monday (Feb 11).
They were welcomed by family members who were waiting at the jetty from about 6pm.
The boat was found adrift about 37km south of Pulau Kendi, an island off the coast of Penang Island.
A major search operation was launched at midnight on Sunday (Feb 10), when the six did not return.
The usually quiet jetty in Kampung Dato Keramat became a hive of activity following their disappearance, and the area was turned into an operation base.
After 16 hours of sweeping the sea, rescuers finally found the boat with the six on board, exhausted by the scorching sun.
Also present were Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency’s (MMEA) Captain Hamizan Harun, Batu Maung assemblyman Datuk Abdul Halim Hussain and Batu Uban assemblyman A. Kumaresan.
Earlier, South Seberang Prai district police chief Supt Shafee Abdul Samad said MMEA 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," he said.