Hopes for a breakthrough rose briefly when a group of fishermen found a life raft bearing the word “Boarding” 10 nautical miles from Port Dickson town at 12pm yesterday, The News Straits Time reported. Civil Aviation Department (DCA) head Azharuddin Abdul Rahman said two ships had been dispatched to investigate the sighting of the possible liferaft that could be a life raft, as it the hunt for the missing MH370 airplane continues.
One of the fishermen, Azman Mohamad, 40, said they found the badly damaged raft floating and immediately notified the Kuala Linggi Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) in Malacca for assistance to lift the raft as it was very heavy, the website quoted. Though Malaysia’s civil aviation chief has said the fate of a missing Malaysia Airlines jet remains “a mystery” but relatives and friends are still waiting for any miracle about the fate of the 239 people on board flight MH370.
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Azman, the fishermen, told The News Straits Time, “We managed to tie it to our boat as we feared it would sink due to the damages.” When the MMEA boat arrived, the fishermen then handed over the raft into their custody. However, a Kuala Linggi MMEA spokesman said the raft sunk into the sea while they were trying to bring the raft onboard.
Malaysia’s agricultural minister Dato Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said more than 1,700 fishermen’s boats have been asked to look for anything unusual as they go about their work, Daily Mirror reports. He said he had told them to look for “anything other than fish”, and has also asked Indonesia whether its fishermen would help with the search.
Two days ago, a pilot, who wass handling one of the 40 ships and 34 aircraft, spotted a possible lifeboat in the Gulf of Thailand during SAR mission in which dozens of ships and aircraft from seven countries scour the seas around Malaysia and south of Vietnam. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook to join the conversation.