Fisherman goes missing after falling into sea near Mersing


JOHOR BARU: A man is feared missing after he fell off a boat while fishing with his friends in waters off Pulau Tinggi, near Mersing, early today.

Johor Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) operations deputy director Capt Sanifah Yusof said the victim reportedly fell off the fishing boat about 11 nautical miles from Pulau Tinggi at about 3 am today.

“Amran Mohamad Ayilina, 43, had gone fishing with six people including the captain.

“We received a missing person’s report at 4.25am and activated a Search and Rescue Operation (SAR) through the Maritime Rescue Sub-Centre (MRSC) of Johor Baru,” he said in a statement here today.

According to Sanifah, the victim was not wearing a safety jacket during the incident.

He said he has instructed a Maritime Malaysia patrol boat assisted by another from the Marine Police Force to locate and rescue the victim. – Bernama © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd