Missing Malaysian Vessel With Indian Crew Spotted After a Week

Malaysian maritime authorities have launched search for the missing crew members.

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A cargo ship named MV Sah Lian – missing since September 3 – spotted on Wednesday in what are suspected to be Indonesian waters sparking fear of hijack in the piracy-prone South China Sea.

Malaysian Maritime authorities have launched a search on Thursday for MV Sah Lian’s 14 crew members, including Indians.

According to a report on The Star MMEA Sarawak commander First Admiral (M) Ismaili Bujang Pit said that a commercial vessel had reportedly spotted the missing ship about 23 nautical miles west of Miri.

The ship was reported to have a damaged gearbox and propeller crankshaft. This morning the owner informed us and we quickly deployed our vessel.
— Ismaili Bujang Pit, MMEA Sawarak Commander

The MV Sah Lian was said to be carrying a mixed cargo including iron products, piping and food from Kuching to the town of Limbang.

We believe this ship has been hijacked and taken out of Malaysian waters. We believe it could be in Indonesian waters near the Natuna islands.
— First Admiral Ismaili Bujang Pit, State Coast Guard Chief

Southeast Asian waters are the world’s most piracy-prone, according to London-based International Maritime Bureau (IMB).

(With inputs from PTI)

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