All feared drowned as Indonesian trawler capsizes off Kuala Linggi

Arnaz M. Khairul and Kelly Koh

MALACCA: All those aboard an Indonesian trawler are feared to have drowned after the vessel reportedly capsized about seven nautical miles off Kuala Linggi Port at about 5pm today.

A Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) spokesperson confirmed that one of their vessels was rushed to the scene upon being alerted about 5.30pm.

The MMEA unit found the capsized vessel but none of the victims.

Rough conditions and darkness forced the MMEA search and rescue efforts to be temporarily suspended and will be continued tomorrow.

"For the moment, we have not ascertained the number of victims, nor what sort of cargo the vessel was ferrying. The search and rescue operations will resume at 7am," said the source.

Masjid Tanah Fire and Rescue Department operations commander Chee Hong Chuan confirmed that a report on the incident was received at 7.44pm.

Chee said 11 personnel from his station had been mobilised for their search and rescue operations, which are ongoing.