PASIR PUTEH (Bernama): Five Myanmar fishermen had a terrifying experience when their trawler capsized in stormy weather near Pantai Tok Bali on Tuesday (Nov 17) night.
Kelantan Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) director Maritime Captain Muhd Nur Syam Asmawie Yaacob said all the victims were en route to shelter on Pulau Perhentian following strong winds and rough seas when the boat capsized.
“The first victim was found at 12am at 12.1 nautical miles while four other victims were found soon after at a distance of 21.9 nautical miles off Pantai Tok Bali.
“All of them were found by a fishing vessel that was passing through the area of the incident, ” he said during a media conference at the Tok Bali MMEA headquarters here Wednesday (Nov 18).
“They were rescued after drifting in the sea for four to five hours, ” he said.
Muhd Nur Syam said all the five victims are aged between 24 and 53 and were hired to work on a locally-registered fishing vessel.
He said the victims were fortunate because they wore life jackets that kept them afloat and which could be easily detected even at night.
He said that all boat owners should prepare adequate equipment, including telecommunication equipment that is reachable even when out at sea.
“Most boats currently only have communication equipment that can be used at a range of 10 nautical miles from land, making it hard to track them when an emergency happens, ” he said. – Bernama
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