MIRI: Veteran Australian sailor, David Lenton, who was reported missing after his yacht was found drifting and abandoned, has been found safe and alive.
A Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) spokesman confirmed that Lenton has been found by villagers of Kampung Pulau Melayu here, where his yacht had berthed, this morning.
“The agency has been informed by a friend to Lenton that he has been found safe by villagers,” said the spokesman.
He said Miri district’s MMEA had received a report that the yacht belonging to Lenton was experiencing technical problem with its engine on Saturday. A maritime vessel was deployed to scene to offer assistance to Lenton.
“After accessing the situation and the damages, the team had advised Lenton to abandon his yacht and follow the maritime vessel to shore.
“The maritime vessel could not tow the yacht due to the poor weather, choppy sea and strong waves.
“Lenton, however, insisted on staying on the yacht despite the advice,” said the spokesman.
It was learnt that the 74-year-old had frequently visited the Marina Bay Jetty from his home country.
This was also not the first time he had encountered trouble on Malaysian waters. Last year, MMEA also rescued Lenton after his yacht experienced some problems near Pulau Tikus.