Spaniards on missing boat relieved and thankful after rescue

Gasulla receiving medical attention after he and three others were picked up by MMEA officers.
PHOTO: The Star/Asia News Network

PETALING JAYA: The two Spaniards found by Vietnamese fishermen after they went missing off the coast of Sabah on May 2 are in "good health, very relieved, happy and thankful".

David Hernandez Gasulla, 29, and his girlfriend Martha Miguel, 30, both from Spain, will be reunited today with their family members who are waiting for them in Kota Kinabalu.

"We heard from the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) that they were found by the Vietnamese fishing vessels and apparently the lady (Miguel) had contacted her family through a satellite telephone on board the vessel," Spanish Ambassador to Malay­sia Carlos Dominguez Diaz said yesterday when contacted.

"The Spanish Government is grateful to the chief of navy (Laksamana Datuk Seri Ahmad Kamarulzaman Ahmad Bada­ruddin), Wisma Putra and the MMEA for all the work carried out in the search and rescue of the four people, including the two Spaniards.

"Our Foreign Affairs Minister also spoke to (his Malaysian counterpart) Datuk Seri Anifah Aman and expressed his appreciation.

"We are also very thankful to the fishermen who found them," said Diaz.