KUDAT: The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency here rescued 10 crew of a Philippine barter trade cargo ship that nearly sunk before running aground after hitting coral reefs near Malawali Strangler waters here at 2am today.
Maritime Zone Director, Lieutenant Commander Maritime Boon Chin Chau said all crew members aged between 21 and 55 including the captain of “ML Fatima Nur-Ann” were rescued by the Malaysia Maritime patrol boat with assistance from nearby fishing boats.
The ship was carrying sugar and sundry goods to Jolo Island, Southern Philippines from Labuan when it met the mishap, he said. The ship’s agent estimated the losses to be RM1.4 million.
According to Boon, the crew were safe and had been taken to the Maritime zone office here to get their statement recorded.
“Maritime Malaysia are always prepared to respond and assist whenever such incident happened. We also would like to remind the maritime community to prioritise safety and ensure the seaworthiness of their vessels before venturing into the sea,” he said.
The public are advised to contact the Malaysian Emergency Respond System (MERS 999) or Kudat Maritime Operation Centre at 088-611858 should they have any information of crime activities or accidents within the national waters.-SabahNewsToday