Angler drowns, six rescued after boat capsizes in Pulau Tenggol waters

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  • Thursday, 09 May 2019

KUALA TERENGGANU (Bernama): An angler drowned while six other people were rescued after the boat they leased for a fishing trip capsized in Pulau Tenggol waters, near Dungun, Wednesday (May 8) night.

Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) Kemaman Maritime Zone director Commander Rashidilhadi Abd Rashid said in the incident, the Class A fishing boat was carrying eight men, of whom three were fishermen and the rest recreational anglers. 

He said during MMEA's search-and-rescue operation at 1pm Thursday (May 9), the team recovered one body, identified as Chong Yuen Khang, 34.

The body was brought to the Dungun hospital for a post-mortem.

The team managed to rescue three more men, identified as Chan Kai Wai, 51; Choo Yaw Wu, 48; and Lok Win Thye, 28; all of whom were sent to Kemaman Hospital for treatment. 

“Another three, meanwhile, were rescued by several other fishing boats in the area, which is about 31 nautical miles from the Kuala Dungun coastline,” he said in a statement Thursday.

Rashidilhadi said the team was still searching for one more victim, identified as Tan Buck Choo, who was only confirmed by police as missing at 11.30pm Wednesday. 

“About 15 minutes after the confirmation, we activated our search-and-rescue operations,” he said. 

Three MMEA helicopters (an AW139 and two Dauphins AS365N3) were dispatched, assisted by a patrol boat, he said.

“The Kuantan marine police and Kuala Dungun Fishermen Association are also assisting in the operation,” he said.

"MMEA would like to urge the public who have plans at sea to always pay attention to safety. If there is any emergency, call the MERS 999 line,” he added. - Bernama


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