Stranded Indonesian fishermen handed over to embassy
Last Update: 07/08/2019
ALOR SETAR, Aug 7 (Bernama) -- Three Indonesian fishermen found stranded on the Kuala Kangkong Beach near Kuala Kedah, after their boat was swept into Malaysian’s waters on Saturday, were handed over to their embassy, today.
The fishermen, aged between 31 and 37 years, were handed over by the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) to the Indonesian embassy representative, Indra Primasetya at the Kuala Kedah Maritime Zone Office, here.
Kuala Kedah Maritime Zone director, Mahmad Faizal Ahmad said the trio were rescued by local fishermen who found their boat near Kuala Kangkong Beach here at 7.45 pm.
“Investigations found that the fishermen went out to sea in Acheh on July 29 to catch fish. But when trawling, their boat’s engine stalled and the attempt to get help failed after their cellphone was damaged. The fishing boat was drifting for several days until it entered the waters of this country,” he said in a statement here today.
Mahmad Faizal said, while under the supervision of the MMEA, the fishermen were given proper treatment and were well taken care of.
He also called for cooperation from the fishing community in the area to help convey any emergency incidents and criminal activities at sea via the 24-hour emergency line MERS 999 or the Kuala Kedah Maritime Zone Operation Centre at 04-7310579.