JOHOR BARU: A 57-year-old fisherman was rescued after floating at sea for seven hours after falling off his boat while fishing near Tanjung Sedili waters in Kota Tinggi.
Johor Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) director First Admiral Nurul Hizam Zakaria said that the fisherman, identified as Abdul Aziz Abdullah, was found by local fishermen in the area.
“Johor Baru Maritime Rescue Sub Centre (MRSC) received a call from the Sedili Maritime Zone at 4.50pm on Friday (Nov 20) about the discovery of a fishing boat without a steersman by the local maritime community at 3.1 nautical miles northeast of Tanjung Sedili Kechil.
“Following the report, we have deployed MMEA Kilat 16 boat to the location where a fibreglass boat, equipped with fishing gear with no steersman was found. A search was conducted around the area with the help of three local fishing boats to find the victim, ” he said in a statement released here on Saturday (Nov 21).
He added that the victim was found floating while hanging on the fishing buoy at about 6.00pm by the local fishermen some 5.1 nautical miles east of Tanjung Sedili Kechil and was then sent to the Tanjung Sedili Health Clinic.
“According to the victim, he had gone alone to fish around 6.40am. He said that when he was about to throw out his trawl, he felt light-headed and fell into the sea, ” he said, adding that sea waves were strong at that time, making it difficult for him to swim back to the boat.
Nurul Hizam also thanked the maritime community for their assistance in the search and the rescue of the victim.
He reminded fishermen, especially those with small boats not to go to the sea alone and to always take precautionary measures, including using a life jacket and having a Personal Locator Beacon (PLB).
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