4 People Missing Off Malaysian Coast For 10 Days Found Alive

May 12, 2016 – Four people whose boat went missing on May 3 off the coast of Sabah have been found alive, Malaysian authorities said today.

The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) said the four, who were found by Vietnamese fishermen at 8.30am, are now on their way back to Malaysia.

MMEA director of Sabah and Labuan region Admiral Zubil Mat Som in a press conference confirmed the four were on board one of its vessels, KM Bistari.

The four who went missing are Chinese national Tommy Lam; Spanish tourists David Hernandes Gasula, 29, and Marta Miguel, 30; and Malaysian Armilla Alihassan, 23.

Malaysian search-and-rescue personnel had been conducting an ongoing search for the four off the northern tip of Sabah.

The four were found after the KM Bistari, conducting search-and-rescue operations 240 nautical miles away from Kudat, stopped a Vietnamese fishing boat for inspection.

The skipper contacted another Vietnamese fishing boat that had earlier picked up the victims.

The admiral then spoke with one of the victims, Armilla, who is said to be Tommy’s employee. She was with Tommy on the fishing boat while the two Spaniards were on another boat.

MMEA had said last week they believed the boat was drifting in the sea off Kudat, Sabah, after its engine failed. Malaysian authorities deployed maritime vessels, a helicopter, a C-130 military plane as part of the search.


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