KOTA KINABALU: A search is on for a fisherman who went missing in waters near Pulau Gaya on Monday (Dec 11).
The missing fisherman, Omar Ajid, 40, went out to fish at 5am but failed to return home.
"Villagers found his boat with the engine still running at about 10am, some 7.6 nautical miles north of Pulau Gaya," said Sabah and Labuan Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) director First Admiral Datuk Che Engku Suhaimi Che Engku Daik.
He added that they activated the Kota Kinabalu Maritime Rescue Sub Centre (MRSC) at 2pm after the victim's wife alerted them of her husband's disappearance.
Omar was last seen wearing a red long-sleeved shirt and green-striped trousers, he said.
"An MMEA vessel was deployed to the area where he was last seen. We have also notified other search and rescue agencies to be on the lookout," said Che Engku.