MMEA routine exercise turns into rescue mission to save five anglers

MMEA officers with the five rescued anglers earlier today. Photo courtesy Maritim Malaysia.

SHAH ALAM – A routine flight of the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) today switched into a rescue mission mode when its pilot spotted five fishing enthusiasts stranded in Pulau Batu Berantai, Jeram, near here at 10.20 am due to bad weather.

Subang Maritime Air Station (SUMS) head Captain (M) Syed Islam Shahajam said the anglers were earlier found by five MMEA crew who left SUMS in an AW139 helicopter around 9.30 am heading towards the waters of Kapar, Klang to conduct a routine flight exercise including winching.

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Syed Islam said about 30 minutes later, the pilot saw five men waving for help at about 1.4 nautical miles northwest of Pantai Remis before making a decision to rescue them.

“The sea in the area was rough which could sweep the anglers away as they were not wearing life jackets.

“All victims were successfully rescued at 10.25 am and they were later flown to SUMS for medical treatment as they were weak and in a traumatic condition,” he said in a statement.

Syed Islam said the victims were later brought to Sungai Buloh Hospital for follow-up treatment.

He said three of the victims, Mohd Yazid Basir, 37; Zamri Romli, 39 and Mohd Razwan Hussin, 48 are from Tanjung Karang while Hamidi Rohani, 70, and Tohid Sangon, 65, are from Jeram.

Syed Islam said one of the victims, Mohd Razwan said three of them from Tanjung Karang were sent to Pulau Batu Berantai at 7.20 pm yesterday and should have returned this morning.

“Nonetheless, around 8.30 am this morning, the boat arrived and brought two more fishermen from Jeram to the location as it has another engagement in Pulau Angsa. But the boat did not return probably due to bad weather before they were rescued by the MMEA helicopter.