Skipper injured in piracy attempt in waters off Kinabatangan

06 Dec 2018 / 21:30 H.

TAWAU: Two shots were fired by four armed men towards a Magtrans II tug boat, hitting its skipper Didy Saviady during a piracy attempt in the waters off Pegasus Reef, Kinabatangan yesterday.

Sabah police commissioner Datuk Omar Mammah said the victim an Indonesian was shot in his left thigh in the 6.30pm incident.

“After firing the shots, the suspects who were onboard a speedboat hopped onto the tug boat, but the victim who was on the top deck used a parachute signal to fire 10 shots causing the suspects to flee.

According to Omar the boat with 13 crew onboard, left Bintulu on Dec 2 to collect timber in Papua New Guinea.

The injured skipper was taken to the Lahad Datu Hospital by a marine police team.

He said police have not identified the suspects and the case is being investigated under Section 3 of the Firearms (Increased Penalties) Act 1971.

Meanwhile in KOTA KINABALU, Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Mohd Shafie Apdal has instructed the security forces to remain alert to ensure safety of the people especially in the Eastern Sabah Security Zone (ESSZone).

He said the situation in the area should continue to be closely monitored to curb crime activities in the country’s waters.

“I have instructed Sabah police commissioner, Datuk Omar Mammah to monitor the situation to ensure that security in the ESSZone is under control,“ he told reporters after opening an exhibition programme here today. — Bernama