Broken mast foils Chinese national's attempt to leave Malaysia illegally in unlicensed sailboat

The unlicensed sailboat after it was escorted to the Marina jetty at Pulau Indah.

KLANG: A Chinese national has been detained after attempting to sail towards Indonesia in what is believed to be a home-made boat.

The man was forced to call for assistance after his boat's main mast broke around the waters of Carey Island.

Malaysia Maritime Enforcement Agency Selangor director Maritime Captain Abdul Muhaimin Muhammad Salleh said the man and sailboat were detained after he called for assistance on Friday (Dec 8) night about three nautical miles southwest of Tanjung Rhu, Carey Island.

"Checks revealed the boat did not have a registration number.

"The initial inspection found that the fibre boat was operated by a 45-year-old Chinese national, and he is suspected of sailing towards Indonesian waters," he said in a statement on Saturday (Dec 9).

He said further inspection found that no boat license was submitted, and the suspect also committed an offence under the Immigration Act 1959/63 for leaving Malaysia through an illegal route.

"The suspect and the boat were escorted to the Marina jetty at Pulau Indah before being handed over to the investigating officer for further action.

"We will not compromise against violations of the law within the Malaysian Maritime Zone and will continue patrolling and monitoring national waters," he said.

Those with complaints and information about criminal activities and emergencies at sea can contact the Selangor State Maritime Operations Center at 03- 3176 0627 or MERS 999 for immediate response.

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