Nine crew members of KD Perdana's boat found safe

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Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak in a Facebook post last night said all nine crew members on board the missing boat belonging to the Royal Malaysian Navy's (RMN) KD Perdana vessel, have been found safe.

"Alhamdulillah,  all nine crew members of KD Perdana's boat have been found safe.

"Well done to the search and rescue team and thanks to all who helped out," he said in the post.

Earlier, Navy chief Admiral Ahmad Kamarulzaman Ahmad Badaruddin confirmed that the boat was detected about 90 nautical miles east of Kuantan. 

It was detected by a 'Beechcraft' aircraft belonging to the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) following an initial discovery by a merchant ship.

KD Perdana reportedly lost contact with the boat which was conducting a routine maritime patrol to drive out foreign fishing boats from Sedili on Saturday.

- Bernama

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