Posted on December 17, 2018 by Ilias Kiritsis

Seafarers are advised to exercise caution, after the potential kidnapping of four seafarers in Malaysia. 

Category: Kidnapping

Date: 6th of December

Location: Malaysia

Position: 5°24’35 N Lon: 119°1’26 E


Owner of Malaysian-flagged fishing vessel lodged a report with local authorities on the 6th of December.

All communication was lost with skipper of fishing vessel, on the 5th of December, in the vicinity of Pegasus Reef, near Tambisan Island.

The fishing Vessel was crewed by four people, and was expected to return on Sandakan Jetty on the 9th of December.

The vessel was found unmanned, with the engines still running by another FV in the vicinity of Kuala Meruap, Sabah, near Tambisan Island.

Vessel was towed by Malaysian authorities to Sandakan Marine Jetty.

Investigation is ongoing.


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