Three men on squid-jigging trip feared drowned after boat sinks

Kelantan police chief Datuk Shafien Mamat (right) checking on search-and-rescue efforts at the LKIM Jetty in Kuala Besar on Saturday (April 24). - Bernama pic

KOTA BARU (Bernama): Three men on a squid-jigging trip in the waters of Kuala Besar near here are feared to have drowned when the fibreglass boat they were in sank following a storm about 10 nautical miles from the Malaysian Fisheries Development Board (LKIM) jetty on Friday (April 23).

Kelantan police chief Datuk Shafien Mamat said the victims were identified as Mat Awang@Jali, 54; Mat Harun Mat Nor, 55; and Zulshahmi Danial Zulazman, 26.

He said a search-and-rescue (SAR) operation, involving 64 personnel from various agencies was immediately activated upon receiving information about the incident that took place at 8.30 pm.

The operation was also assisted by several fishermen from nearby areas.

"Based on preliminary information, some witnesses from other boats had tried to pull the victims out of the water but failed due to rough seas, ” he told reporters at the LKIM Jetty in Kuala Besar here Saturday (April 24). - Bernama

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