Fishing vessels saved from pump boat fire


KOTA KINABALU: Quick action by several fishermen at the Safma fish market here saved their fishing vessels from going up in smoke when a pump boat was destroyed by fire yesterday morning.

The 8am incident happened when the pump boat that was parked near several fishing vessels, suddenly caught fire, believed caused by engine failure.

Fire and Rescue Services Department public relations officer Senior Assistant Superintendent Mohd Affendy Ramin, who confirmed the incident, said the department received a distress call at 8.47am and immediately deployed a team of firefighters to the scene.

“Upon arrival at the scene, the firefighters were informed that the boat had sunk after it was completely destroyed in the fire,” he said.

Mohd Affendy added no casualty was reported while the actual cause of the fire and total losses could not be determined.