MMEA retrieves capsized boat off Kuala Linggi, crew nowhere to be found

Kelly Koh

ALOR GAJAH: The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) retrieved a barter trade vessel suspected to have capsized at 6.8 nautical miles off the Kuala Linggi estuary

here yesterday.

MMEA Malacca and Negri Sembilan public relations officer Lt Dya Mohamad Ismail Abd Talib said search and rescue operation, which was activated at 5.20pm yesterday, ended at 8.30am this morning, following no discovery of victims in the vicinity.

"We received information from TG Marine company that a boat has sunked in the waters off Kuala Linggi at about 5.20pm yesterday (Monday).

"Search and rescue operation was immediately activated with enforcement team from the Kuala Linggi district rushed to the scene with Bot Petir 84," he said in a statement.

He added that rescuers only found a capsized boat with none of the vessel's crew found at the location.

"The capsized boat was the kind of boat commonly used for trade, or familiarly known as barter trade boat, suspected to have capsized at 02 16.693 N, 101 58. 599E," he said.

"The cause of incident is still under investigations as no police report has yet to be lodged, and the origin and identity of the vessel remains unknown." he added.