Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency joins search for missing naval vessel

Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency joins search for missing naval vessel

PETALING JAYA, Malaysia - The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) has assigned two vessels and a plane to assist in the search and rescue (SAR) mission for Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) combat vessel CB204, which went missing Sunday.

RMN chief Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Jaafar tweeted Monday that MMEA had an AW139 aircraft ready at the Kota Kinabalu International Airport for the operation earlier in the day.

"MMEA aircraft AW139 joined the SAR operations at 0930. RMN's Super Lynx aircraft joined the operations at 1030," Abdul Aziz tweeted.

The Malaysian Air Force has also dispatched a Beechcraft aircraft for the mission but heavy rain is hampering the search.

According to the tweets, the search area is divided into four sectors, with six vessels and an Air Force aircraft involved.

CB204, CB90-type of combat vessel, lost contact with its base at 11.15am while cruising to islands off Sabah waters.

The vessel's last known position was 20 nautical miles east of Mengalum Island off Sabah.

Commanded by Lt Azri Bakar with seven crew members, CB204 departed Kota Kinabalu at about 5am with another naval ship, KD Paus.

At 10.30am, the Marine Region Headquarters received a call from KD Paus informing that the two vessels were turning back due to bad weather.

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