Posted on December 10, 2018 by Ilias Kiritsis

Seafarers are advised to exercise caution after a vessel was attacked off the Coast of Malaysia. 

Category: Attack

Date: 5th of December

Location: Sabah Coast, Malaysia

Position: 5°38'0 N - 118°57'0 E

Four armed persons in a speed boat, approached and fired on a tug towing an unladen barge. The attack took place in the late evening of December the 5th, around 12:30 UTC, approximately 12 nautical miles northeast of Sabah Coast, Malaysia.

The Master was shot in the leg during the attack; an alarm was raised, and a distress message was sent on VHF Ch 16. A Royal Malaysian Police vessel responded and took the injured Master to a hospital.

Remaining crew are considered safe.


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Posted in News , Piracy , Security , Indonesia

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