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Sunday, May 8, 2016

Outboard engine could be key to solving missing four

KUDAT - A outboard engine was found near Simpang Mengayau here, believed to be from the boat carrying four people who have been missing since Monday night.

Sabah and Labuan regional maritime director First Admiral Mohd Zubil Mat Som said a group of fishermen notified the authorities after the engine got caught in their fishing net.

"It was around 10am and about 2.8 nautical miles north of Simpang Mengayau ... They claimed that initially two engines got stuck but they were only able to pull out one of the engines from the water.

"It was brought to the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Authority (MMEA) jetty here.

"The brother of Tommy Lam Lai Yin (one of the missing persons) confirmed that it was the one used by his brother.

"We have also called professional divers from Kota Kinabalu to assist with deep sea operations up to 23 metres," said Mohd Zubil.

On Monday evening, Lam who owns a resort at Simpang Mengayau at Kudat mainland, piloted the boat carrying Spanish nationals David Hernandez Gasulla and Martha Miguel, as well as Malaysian Armella Ali Hassan from Pulau Balambangan, Banggi.

However, they failed to reach their destination at Simpang Mengayau at the stipulated time of 8pm.

Search and Rescue (SAR) operations entered its sixth day today but except for the engine, there have been no other discoveries.

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