Relief as missing fisherman found two days later, unscathed

Wang (second right) safely back on land.

MIRI, Sept 8: A fisherman who was reported missing since Sept 6 has been found unscathed.

Sarawak Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) in a statement today said 41-year-old Wang Ngee Hui was found in his boat by a fellow member of the maritime community some 25 nautical miles north-west of the Miri coast around 12.35pm today.

According to MMEA Miri Maritime Zone director Capt (Maritime) Md Fauzi Othman, Wang’s outboard engine had been damaged and was unable to start, causing the fisherman to be stranded at sea.

The worsening haze and failed communications equipment did not help the situation, and forced Wang to anchor his boat, his only hope to be discovered by a search and rescue team.

Fortunately for Wang, MMEA with the help of the maritime community were determined to find him since he was reported missing after failing to return from his fishing trip at 4.30pm on Sept 6, according to Md Fauzi.

Wang has been safely brought back to Miri’s Marina Bay Jetty, and Sarawak MMEA recorded its thanks to the maritime community for assisting them in the search and rescue effort.

Sarawak MMEA also advised the maritime community to ensure that their boats and equipment are in working order before undertaking trips out to sea.

The public may also give information and feedback to the MMEA Miri Operation Zone Centre by calling 085-418204. The centre is open 24 hours a day all year round. — DayakDaily