GEORGE TOWN: Three fishermen are feared missing at sea after their boat experienced engine failure some eight nautical miles off Muka Head near here, yesterday.
A search and rescue (SAR) operation has been activated to locate the victims.
They have been identified as Muhamad Asmandi Awang, 32, Mohamad Shapie Ismail, 54, and Thai national Ma-Useng Mama, in his 40s.
State Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) director Maritime Captain Hamizan Harun said the Maritime Rescue Sub Centre (MRSC) Langkawi received a report at 12.01am today that a fishing boat with three fishermen on board had failed to return to the Tanjung Dawai jetty.
He said the complainant, Awang Mat Shah, was informed by other fishermen that they had stumbled upon his son’s stalled boat off Muka ahead.
“The complainant had conducted a search for his son and the other two victims until 10pm yesterday, to no avail. He then lodged a police report.
“The SAR was launched at 12.15am before it was called off and began again at 7.30am today.
“Until now, we have yet to find the victims,” he said.
Hamizan said the search area is focused on where the victims were last reported seen.