LANGKAWI: Seven crew members were rescued from a yacht that caught fire while anchored off the northeast of Pulau Singa Kecil here, this morning, the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) said.
Kedah and Perlis MMEA director Maritime First Admiral Mohd Zawawi Abdullah said the fire was detected by a patrol vessel KM Tenggol which then channelled the information to the Langkawi Maritime Rescue Sub Centre (MRSC) at 8.18 am today.
“The seven crewmen were successfully transferred to KM Tenggol and they are safe and unhurt,” he said in a statement.
According to him, as of this afternoon, the work of putting out the fire was still being carried out by the relevant parties but the strong wind conditions was making the operation difficult.
Mohd Zawawi said that no oil spill was reported and that they would continue monitoring the situation.
“The yacht’s agent has also been contacted. Kedah and Perlis MMEA advised the maritime community to always be alert and be prepared for any untoward incidents at sea to avoid loss of lives and property.
“Report any crime or other emergencies at sea via the Kedah and Perlis Maritime Operations Centre at 04-9662750 and MERS 999 which operates 24 hours,” he said.