Thursday, March 21

MMEA launches search for missing vessel ‘Sea Wonder’


The missing vessel ‘Sea Wonder’.

KUCHING: Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) Kuching district (DM11) has activated a search and rescue (SAR) operation deploying its marine assets to trace a fishing vessel named ‘Sea Wonder’, believed to have gone missing northeast of Tanjong Po on Friday.

Its director Capt Shahref Steve Mac Queen Abdullah said the disappearance was reported by vessel owner Alice Lim when the vessel failed to be contacted at around 4pm at its last known location, prompting her to make a distress call at 8.15pm.

According to the owner, the vessel departed from Kampung Goeblit where it was at port at 1pm with three crew members and 12 fishermen.

The three crew members were identified as Phoo Kie Kuang (skipper), Kandas and Ariffin while the identity of the 12 anglers who were onboard have yet to be confirmed as there was no manifesto.

“MMEA is urging members of the public who have family or friends who were known to have been fishing on the boat to immediately contact the Sarawak Regional Maritime Operations (PUSOP) at 082-432544 to assist the agency in identifying the 12 anglers onboard the vessel,” he said in a statement today.

“It is advisable to notify agency by contacting PUSOP each time one heads out to sea by providing complete information on cruise schedules, fishing locations, crew names and passengers.

He noted that additional information such as address, identity card numbers and emergency telephone numbers would ease and facilitate the agency in taking immediate action.