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Beluran angler found safe
Published on: Sunday, January 14, 2018

Beluran: The angler who was reported missing in Jambongan Island waters on Friday was found safe by villagers on the coast of Kg Obah, 6.6 nautical miles from the last reported location at 8.30am, Saturday.

Maritime Sabah and Labuan Regional Director First Admiral Mohd Zubil Mat Som said Mustapa Opong, 45, was found to be very tired but safe on the beach.

"He was brought to Jambongan Island by the angler's fishing boat.

"The search and rescue operation ended at 9.15am on Saturday after the survivor was located safe and sound," he said.

The search and rescue operation dubbed 'Op Carilamat' was entering its second day involving KM Terbau and Banggi 43 from Sandakan MMEA, various boats from Fire and Rescue Department, Civil Defence Force as well as 20 Jambongan fishing boats.

Additionally, a Beachcraft plane from the Labuan Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) and Police Air Unit (UUP) were placed in standby for deployment.

Zubil thanked the RMAF, UUP, Fire and Rescue Department, Civil Defence Department (APM), and Jambongan maritime community for the assistance in the search and rescue operation.

He added that the agency is also always ready in providing assistance to the local community in the event of emergency or disaster. - Locksley Ng

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