30 fishermen from Kuala Kedah saved from sinking boat

Ms Norizan, 26, waiting at the fishing jetty of Kampung Ulu for her husband, Kifli, to return after the boat mishap.
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ALOR SETAR - Thirty fishermen were rescued after their purse seine vessel capsized about 44 nautical miles off Pulau Sayak near Yan.

The fishermen from Kuala Kedah were saved by another fishing boat shortly after the mishap at about 9.45am yesterday.

Three Malaysian Maritime Enfor-cement Agency (MMEA) patrol vessels also rushed to the scene. The fishermen were being brought back to Kuala Kedah.

Kuala Kedah MMEA chief Let-Komm Ahmad Kamal Mohd Noor said none of the fishermen were injured

"We are not sure what happened to the vessel. A statement will be issued when we know more."

Meanwhile, Salmah Wan Ahmad, 51, the mother of one of the fishermen, said she was informed at about 10am by other fishermen.

"I was worried about my son Kifli Shah Bandi, whom I last saw at 5am today, so I called the vessel owner and he told me that everyone was safe.

"My 29-year-old son started work on the vessel about a year ago and this is the first time that such a thing had happened," she said when met at her drinks stall in Kampung Sematang.

Kifli's wife Norizan Che Ha, 26, said she was in a state of panic when told of the incident but calmed down when she heard that he had been save by another vessel.

"I could not call him as his handphone went missing on Monday."

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