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Maritime folks urged to help find missing angler
Published on: Saturday, January 13, 2018

Kota Kinabalu: The maritime community around the waters off Pulau Tiga, Sabah has been urged to help locate an angler who is reported missing at sea since Tuesday.

Sabah and Labuan Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) Regional Director, First Admiral Mohd Zubil Mat Som, said the Regional Maritime Operations Room received a distress call from the Marine Police Operations Force informing about the incident.

It was believed that Abdul Molah Mansol (pic), 46, went fishing on a pump boat at about 5.30pm on Jan 9 but did not return home ever since.

"Upon receiving the report, the Maritime Guard Boat 38 was dispatched to conduct a search and rescue operation around the last reported location, about 10 nautical miles northwest of Sulug Island.

"The operation is still ongoing as of now, covering the Tiga Island waters, a total area of 50 nautical miles.

"Two additional boats - KM Bistari and KM Memmon – were dispatched to join the search, assisted by a single Ranger Boat and two fishing vessels," he said.

According to him, the missing boat measures 12 x 3 feet and is painted white, red and black.

Mohd Zubil also urged all maritime communities, fishermen, fishing associations and individuals to be cautious when entering the sea during unpredictable weather.

He said waves are expected to reach four metres high with wind speed expected to reach up to 50km/h.

Anyone with any information pertaining to the missing angler is asked to contact the Kota Kinabalu MMEA 24-hour operations room at 088-387845 or MERS 999. - Locksley Ng

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