MMEA tracks down Vietnamese fishing crews who escaped after their boats sank
KOTA KINABALU: The Malaysian Maritime Management Company (MMEA) is monitoring Vietnamese fishermen from two international boats which have sunk within the waters of Kudat.
The fishermen reportedly escaped with the assistance of different international vessels.
In line with MMEA Kudat, he mentioned he obtained a report at 11 a.m. on Friday March 5 alerting them to 2 international fishing boats stranded about two nautical miles southeast of Pulau Sibogor Laut, Pulau Banggi.
A patroller was deployed to the scene however couldn’t discover a crew on both of the 2 boats.
“In line with villagers close by, the boats ran aground the night time earlier than. Upon inspection, each boats are believed to be Vietnamese fishing boats because of form, coloration and registration numbers.
“There are not any bodily trails on the fishing crew across the website and no sightings of international fishermen from neighboring islands.” Primarily based on the knowledge, it’s seemingly that the captains and fishing crew members have been rescued by different international vessels. They might have fled to keep away from being arrested, ”he mentioned in an announcement.
The boats are believed to have sunk after hitting coral reefs which broken the construction of the 2 boats coupled with a excessive tide.
Close by MMEA belongings have been ordered to extend surveillance and patrols to find the fishing crew.
He mentioned inspections would even be carried out on suspected vessels.
The Kudat MMEA operations middle has additionally contacted Sabah Parks because the incident occurred within the Tun Mustapha Marine Park.
As well as, info was additionally transmitted to the Division of the Atmosphere for clean-up work following an oil spill after the incident.
Primarily based on the monitoring and evaluation of information from beforehand captured crews, international fishing vessels, particularly from Vietnam, have been encroaching on Kudat waters in teams, illegally transporting catches from the ocean at night time and leaving earlier than the dawn.