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All seven crew members of Navy combat boat found safe

The Star/ANN | Monday, Oct 6, 2014

Picture taken from KD Ganas shows waves pounding on the boat on Monday evening. KD Ganas is heading towards CB204 in the search area. Twitter pix @ChiefofNavy

PETALING JAYA - All seven crew members of Navy Combat Vessel CB204 have been found safe, said Navy chief Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Jaafar.

"Boat CB204: The boat and all crew are safe. The commander of the boat informed via radio CHF Ch16," Abdul Aziz tweeted at about 6.08pm Monday.

He said Lt Azri Bakar, the commander of the boat, informed the search and rescue team that the crew were safe but famished.

"The boat was found 140 nautical miles off Kota Kinabalu. They (the crew) were found 30 nautical miles away from a Malaysian navy station," Abdul Aziz told The Star.

He added that the crew members were hungry as they only ate biscuits since the boat went missing at 11.15am Sunday.

A communication failure is believed to have caused CB204 to be separated from KD Paus after both vessels departed together from the Kota Kinabalu Naval Station at about 5am.

They were headed to Terumbu Layang-Layang west of Sabah when they encountered bad weather and turned back.

Abdul Aziz said , however, the order to turn back transmitted by KD Paus was not received by CB204 as both were using different radio frequencies - KD Paus via VFS (Very High Frequency) and CB204 via UHF (Ultra High Frequency).

"I'm very proud of my men. Under normal circumstances it would have been very difficult for them to work in rough seas but they pressed forward to the designated station," he said.

In his tweet earlier, Abdul Aziz said that CB204 suffered engine and steering gear problems.

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