Sabah cops hunting for fishermen behind fish bombing that caused 3 deaths

Sabah police commissioner Omar Mammah. (Bernama pic)

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah police are looking for the fishermen who allegedly used the fish bomb which resulted in the deaths of two Chinese tourists and a local diving coach in waters off Semporna yesterday.

Sabah police commissioner Omar Mammah, when contacted by Bernama today, said marine police had been directed to investigate the matter.

However, there were no leads of now.

“We are searching for the fishermen involved in the fish-bombing incident.

“The boat crew currently in the diving area are all from small boats.

“The problem is, none of them heard the bombs go off in the area,” he said.

Omar said Sabah police were committed to stopping fish bombing activities in state waters.

However, the sea was too vast for the authorities to monitor round the clock and fishermen took advantage of this fact by finding secluded spots or used bombs to stun fish when police patrol boats were not around.

In Ipoh, Deputy Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Muhammad Bakhtiar Wan Chik said the incident was an isolated case.

He said tourists need not be worried about their safety.

“We are confident the authorities will handle this incident properly,” he told reporters after opening the Perak Tourism Business Opportunity Seminar at a hotel here today.