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Friday, October 28, 2016

Fishing boat robbed off Sabah

BELURAN - Six armed men robbed a fishing vessel off Pulau Jambongan, Beluran on Monday.

Beluran police chief, Supt Sivanathan Velautham said a report of the robbery was made by the skipper of the fishing vessel, a Filipino, aged 40.

The report was made at 1.22am today at Beluran police headquarters as the robbery took place in a remote location.

The fishing vessel was approached by a boat with six armed men at about 3pm.

“The six men armed with M16 (rifle) and M203 (grenade launcher) demanded money and when told there was not any, they seized 500kg of fish, 500 litres of diesel and a GPS unit.”

Sivanathan said the armed men then fled toward the Philippines. The case is being investigated under Section 4 of the Firearms Act 1971.

Meanwhile in MIRI, a search and rescue operation has been mounted for a Australian citizen who went missing after going to the Mulu National Park.

Marudi Fire and Rescue station head Zulbada Alior said Andrew Gaskell, 26, could not be contacted since last Oct 20 after he went into the national park.

“We have sent a search and rescue team in a boat to look for the man today, but the journey will take four to five days,” he said when contacted.

He said Gaskel was reported to be with another man, who is a local, in Mulu for two nights before going to the park. Gaskel had informed the man that he would return on Oct 21, he added.

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