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Thursday, December 01, 2011

KD MAHAWANGSA Comes To Aid Of Distressed Indonesian Boat


KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 18 (Bernama) – Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) ship, KD Mahawangsa came to the aid of an Indonesian boat facing engine problems eight nautical miles west of Tanjung Piai, Johor, two days ago. RMN’s public relations officer Lt Kdr Masliza Maaris in a statement today said the ship was on routine patrol at the location when it spotted the boat.

“Navy staff crew members of the boat waving for attention and approached the boat to find the skipper Mohd Darwin Abdul Muin, 37, and his crew member Ramli bin Ismail, 45, in the boat which was had encountered engine problems the day before.

According to the statement, the Indonesians based in Batam could not ask for help as their handphone batteries run out. On seeing their predicament, navy staff offered the crew handphone batteries chargers, food and drinks, she said.

KD Mahawangsa’s technical crew also took a look at the boat’s engine but as it was badly damaged, it could not be repaired. He said after ensuring the skipper had succeeded in making contact with his fisherman colleagues in Indonesia for assistance, the ship left the fisherman to continue with its patrol off Johor waters. - BERNAMA 

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