KOTA TINGGI: An Indonesian fisherman whose boat capsized due to strong waves, has been rescued by local fishermen here.

The man was spotted by local fishermen at about 8am on Saturday (June 11), said Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) state director First Admiral Nurul Hizam Zakaria.

“We were informed by locals that an Indonesian fisherman was found holding on to a buoy about one nautical mile southeast of Tanjung Penyusop.

“The victim, 43-year-old Malik Karim, from Batam, Indonesia, is believed to have gone out fishing with friends at about 9pm before the boat they were in capsized.

“Following the alert, a search and rescue operation was activated around the area and the victim was later found safe,” he said in a statement here on Saturday.

He added that the victims later told the rescue team that his friend managed to hold on to the boat while he was clinging on to the bouy but they drifted apart.

“The operation ended at about 1pm and the victim has received early treatment. He is currently in stable condition and has been handed over to the Indonesian Consulate for further action.

“We would like to also thank the fishing community for rescuing the victim,” he said.