MMEA: Search for missing catamaran victims to continue

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KOTA KINABALU: The search for the remaining five people still missing from the catamaran boat tragedy will continue for now, the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) said.

Its Kota Kinabalu director Maritime Commodore Adam Aziz said the search will go on until there are further orders from top officials.

Admiral Adam said this after a meeting of the National Security Council, navy, air force, police and other agencies involved in the search here Monday.

He said some 50 fishermen were also helping in the search, casting their nets in the waters between Pulau Mengalum and Pulau Tiga.

Fishermen had found the body of a woman in their nets in the waters off Pulau Mengalum on Saturday.

The search for the remaining five entered its 10th day Monday amid thunderstorms and 3.5m-high waves in the 2,000 sq nautical mile area between Pulau Mengalum and Miri in Sarawak.

On June 28, a group of 28 Chinese tourists headed to Pulau Mengalum to spend the lunar new year, but their catamaran sank an hour after departing from an illegal jetty in Tanjung Aru at about 9am.

A massive search and rescue operation was mounted after the incident was reported 12 hours later.

Twenty of the tourists and two crewmen were rescued while three Chinese nationals were found dead.

Source: The Star

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