Rough weather hampers search for missing Malaysian navy combat vessel

Rough weather hampers search for missing Malaysian navy combat vessel
The search area of missing Royal Malaysian Navy combat vessel CB204, tweeted by Navy Chief Tan Sri Abdul Aziz.

PETALING JAYA, Malaysia - Rough weather is hampering the search and rescue (SAR) operation for Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) combat vessel CB204, which went missing Sunday.

RMN Chief Admiral Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Jaafar tweeted Monday that rough waters and low rain clouds were making the process more difficult.

"CB204. Till 0800, has not been found. KD Lekiu, KD Serang, KM Berani and KM Mabul continuing search,"he tweeted, referring to the vessels involved in the operation.

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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