12 adrift at sea for 2 days rescued

12 adrift at sea for 2 days rescued
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LABUAN - Nine anglers and three boatmen who were adrift at sea for two days after their boat's engine failed have been rescued.

They were found about 90km from Pulau Tiga at about 9am yesterday.

The anglers, aged between 21 and 40, had gone out to sea from the Kuala Penyu jetty some 107km from Kota Kinabalu at 9am Saturday.

The boat's engine stopped working at 6pm.

The group's plight came to light when the owner of the vessel reported them missing at about 10.40pm that night.

A search and rescue operation was mounted at 7am the next day.

District maritime enforcement chief Kpt Maritime Che Adnan Md Isa said in a statement that all those rescued were given medical attention and found to be healthy.

He advised the public to equip their boats with proper communications equipment and to check them before going out to sea.

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