The search and rescue operation for victim that was reported to be missing at the Pulau Muara Besar waters resumed yesterday, involving personnel from the Royal Brunei Police Force and the Fire and Rescue Department. The victim, 33-year old Muhammad bin Haji Zakaria and a personnel from the Royal Brunei Armed Forces was believed to be involved in the boat accident.
The operation is conducted by the Special Operation Unit, Marine Police, Royal Brunei Police Force and the Fire and Rescue Department. The Marine Police received the emergency call at 3.43PM yesterday, involving a capsized boat. At the location, the Marine Police Assistant Investigator discovered a victim at the scene without any injury, while another victim was yet to be found. In a media conference, Superintendent of Police Awang Metussin bin Haji Jumat, the Marine Police Commanding Officer explained that the two boats were brought to the Marine Police base for technical inspection. The case is investigated under Section 124, Subsection 2(3) of the Merchant Shipping Order. If found guilty, the defendant will be fined not more than 50 thousand dollars or imprisonment of not more than 2 years, or both. He added that the Royal Brunei Police Force reminds all seamen to always take safety precaution and use safety jacket, have valid licence, ensure that the boats are registered and not to approach restricted areas. The Royal Brunei Police will continue to monitor the safety of Brunei waters through scheduled patrols and operations.
Source: Radio Television Brunei