KOTA KINABALU: Two fishermen were detained by Lahad Datu Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) on Tuesday (May 4) for suspected fish bombing activities.
Lahad Datu Maritime Zone director Commander Abdul Muhaimin Mohammad Salleh said the duo were caught around 4.30pm at 0.7 nautical miles south of Pantai Sungai Merah in the district, following a tip-off.
"A patrol boat went out to do surveillance and upon reaching the location, our vessel traced an unnumbered pump boat with two men on board acting suspiciously.
"When they were approached, the suspects jumped into the sea to escape, but the authorities were able to apprehend them.
"The suspects, aged 17 and 33, did not possess identification documents, and are believed to be of Bajau Laut or Palauh ethnicity," he said in a statement on Wednesday (May 5).
Further inspection found 15kg of fish believed to be caught via fish bombing, based on the condition of the catch.
"Both suspects, the pump boat and their catch have been brought to our jetty for further investigation," he said, adding that the case is being investigated under Section 26 of Fisheries Act 1985 for fishing with explosives. Ends.