KOTA BHARU: Three men, on a squid-jigging trip in the waters of Kuala Besar near here, are feared to have drowned when the fibreglass boat they were in sank yesterday.
This followed a storm about 10 nautical miles from the Malaysian Fisheries Development Authority (LKIM) jetty in Kuala Besar.
Kelantan police chief Shafien Mamat said the victims were identified as Mat Awang@Jali, 54, Mat Harun Mat Nor, 55, and Zulshahmi Danial Zulazman, 26.
He said a search and rescue (SAR) operation, involving 64 personnel from various agencies, was immediately activated upon receiving information about the incident that took place at 8.30pm.
The operation is also assisted by several fishermen from nearby areas.
“Based on preliminary information, some witnesses from other boats had tried to pull the victims out of the water but failed due to rough seas,” he told reporters at the LKIM jetty in Kuala Besar here today.