DUNGUN, Jul 10 – Five fishermen from here who were stranded at sea since June 28 were rescued by Vietnamese fishermen on Saturday. The five, Kamaruzaman Awi, 43, (the skipper), his brother Roslin Awi, 38, two cousins, Mohamad Zamri Ab Rahman,43, and Abdullah Ab Rahman,25, and friend Zakaria Mamat, 39, returned to the Kuala Dungun Jetty at 9am today. All were fatigued and were brought to the Dungun Hospital for medical checks.
Kamaruzzaman told Bernama they were due to return to their homes to celebrate Aidilfitri after four days at sea but their boat’s engine failed to restart because their battery went dead while they were to make their return trip to Kuala Dungun on July 1. He said they were fortunate the Vietnamese fishermen found them at 6pm yesterday and helped to restart their engine. He also said that they also ran out of food. He added that they are grateful to have survived. — Bernama