Rescuers search for missing fisherman, Ah Hua, after boat capsized

DAWN CHAN


TANJONG KARANG: A search and rescue operation has been activated to locate a fisherman who went missing after his Class B vessel capsized in the waters off Bagan Pasir this morning.

Tanjong Karang Fire and Rescue Department SAR operation chief Mohd Arbain Saarani said the missing fisherman was only identified as Ah Hua, who is in his 50s.

Ah Hua was onboard the vessel with two friends Lim Ching Chong, 46, and Teoh Eng Chuan, 56, when their vessel was struck by rough waves during a storm and sank at about 9.30am, some 3.8 nautical miles from Bagan Pasir.

Arbain said Lim and Teoh were rescued by fishermen from other boats and the duo was only able to call the department and file a missing persons report at 2.30pm.

“At about 4.25pm, a team of four firemen set out on two fishermen boats to the scene to locate Ah Hua. The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency also deployed four personnel and a boat to assist in the SAR.

“So far we have not found any positive leads to indicate Ah Hua’s whereabouts. The SAR was temporarily stopped at 7.20pm. However, we will continue to be on standby at the operations centre.

“Some fishermen are currently out at sea and we will act if there is any information from them,” Arbain told the New Straits Times.