Search for man who fell overboard turns up empty

KUCHING: The search for a man who fell overboard from a fishing vessel in the waters off Igan, Mukah has been called off after five days.

Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) acting Bintulu director Cmdr (Maritime) Effendy Mohamed Fadil said after five days of carrying out search and rescue operations at sea and around the coastal areas from Kuala Igan to Mukah, rescuers did not find any new clues.

“The search and rescue operation ended at 1pm this afternoon (April 15) with the total area searched at 526.02 nautical miles.

“The operation will resume if we find any new clues,” he said on Thursday (April 15).

Meanwhile, Cmdr Effendy expressed his appreciation to all agencies involved, namely the police, Marine Police, Fire and Rescue Department, Malaysian Civil Defence Force and the maritime community.

“I also want to thank locals who helped in the operation throughout the five days.”

He also urged the maritime community to avoid going out to sea during bad weather.

“If you really need to go out to the sea, prioritise safety by always wearing a safety jacket.”