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Stranded At Sea For 16 Hours, 6 Fishermen Clung To Roof Of Capsized Boat

Stranded At Sea For 16 Hours, 6 Fishermen Clung To Roof Of Capsized Boat

They were caught in bad weather and the boat took in water on Saturday evening.

Adeline Leong

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Six fishermen helplessly floated for 16 hours in the sea when their boat capsized at the southeast of Pulau Timun near Langkawi yesterday evening (6 August).

The fishermen, aged between 34 and 70 years old, were heading towards Kuala Perlis around 6pm when the boat took on water due to inclement weather.

According to Berita Harian, the fishermen held onto the roof of the capsized boat until help arrived the next day.

Kedah and Perlis Maritime director First Admiral (Maritime) Romli Mustafa said the life jackets worn by the fishermen helped to save their lives while they waited to be rescued.

The fishermen were taken aboard the Perkasa 1228 boat and returned to the Maritime Malaysia jetty in Bukit Malut.

One of the fishermen was rushed to Hospital Sultanah Maliha due to fatigue and exhaustion.

Maritime Malaysia reminded everyone to wear a lifejacket at sea as it’s an essential lifesaving equipment in an emergency.


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