SAR TEAM STOPS SEARCH FOR SUNKEN BOAT VICTIMS IN BINTULU

RUDY RUKIMIN RAMBLI

BINTULU, Nov 23 (Bernama) -- The search and rescue (SAR) operation for victims of a boat which was found in an overturned position in the waters of Bintulu last Thursday has been stopped.

Sarawak Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) in a statement said the operation was stopped at 9.30 am today as no missing cases had been reported.

"The diving team could not be dispatched to the scene due to the strong current in the area that reaches a depth of 30-metre," it said.

The SAR operation was activated at 10.15 am last Thursday after an unnumbered orange fiber boat was sighted about 40 nautical miles from Bintulu at 9.35 am the same day.

-- BERNAMA