Missing naval vessel: Malaysian navy investigates sighting of floating boat

PETALING JAYA - A floating boat was detected near an oil rig northeast from Mengalum Island, said Royal Malaysian Navy chief Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Jaafar.

Abdul Aziz tweeted on Monday that he received a report from an oil rig and has sent a vessel, KD Lekiu, to investigate.

"ERB West Oil Rig, located nine nautical miles northeast from Pulau Mengalum, reported that a floating boat was seen early this morning (Monday). KD Lekiu has been sent to investigate," he tweeted.

Combat vessel CB204 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.

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.