KOTA KINABALU, Oct 15 -- A 21-year-old man was reported missing after he was believed to have been swept out to sea while looking for shellfish near Pulau Keramat, Rampaian Laut, Kota Belud yesterday.
Sabah and Labuan Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) director First Admiral (Maritime) Mohd Rosli Abdullah said the victim, identified as Mohd Hafizan Abdul Muara, of Kampung Rampaian, Kota Belud, had set off on foot with three friends to look for shellfish before they realised he was missing at 3pm.
“The villagers, upon told of the incident, helped to search for the victim but it was in vain,” he said in a statement here today.
Mohd Rosli said a search and rescue operation was activated at 7.30 pm yesterday and it was resumed at 7 am today.
“The Sabah State Maritime has mobilised Guard Boat 38 to the location and is beig assisted by assets from the Royal Malaysian Police, Royal Malaysian Navy and the Malaysian Civil Defence Force,” he said.
Maritime Malaysia is seeking the cooperation from the maritime community to report any emergencies around the waters of Kota Kinabalu by calling the Sabah State Maritime Operations Centre at 088-387774 and the MERS 999 line.
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