KOTA KINABALU: Three fishermen were rescued by the navy nearly 48 hours after they lost contact with their mother boat in the Permatang Ubi waters about 160 nautical miles from the city here.
The three were found very weak and hungry but otherwise alright by the crew of KD Todak under the command Lt Comm Mohd Rozaimi Mahmod at around 5pm on Sunday (Jan 3).
They were drifting in the area after losing contact with the mother boat after they were hit by choppy seas during bad weather.
According to a statement by the navy's eastern flee command centre here, the three fishermen were immediately provided with food and drinks before they were taken back to the mother ship to rejoin nine other crew members.
The trawler and its crew headed back to Kota Kinabalu immediately after they were rescued.
The three had left the mother boat on a feeder boat to carry out fishing activities in the area on Friday (Jan 1).
They were reported missing by the trawler skipper at 10am on Sunday after they lost contact with the mother boat.
The navy activated its search and rescue operations immediately and managed to locate the missing fishermen.