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Shipwreck near Mabul, six unidentified sailors saved


TAWAU: Six men has been rescued by Malaysia Maritime Enforcement Agency (APMM) after their ship was wrecked near Mabul Island when it hits a coral reef which punctured the ship’s hull.

District APMM Chief, Captain Anor Jaafar, said based on the information they received, two APMM patrol boats were sent to the incident location about 4.00am, yesterday.

According to him, the patrol boats reached the location 30 minutes later, and upon approach on the ship they spotted six sailors whose nationality were unknown were still on the sinking ship.

One of the patrol boat then rescued four of the sailors to be sent to Seafest Jetty for immediate treatment, while another two were held on the ship as they will have to wait for another rescue operation,” he said.

Anor said, all of the sailors in their thirties are detained for further investigation due to breaking the 17th phase of the curfew command which starts from 7.00pm to 5.00am, beginning on 30 March to 15 April 2015.

Any information on emergencies in the maritime region can be channeled to APMM via MERS 999 or Tawau APMM Hotline 089-752115. – SayangSabah


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