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Thai fisherman falls off boat, swims for 7 hours before rescue

Posted: 18 May 2014 08:55 AM PDT

KUALA TERENGGANU: A Thai fisherman who fell off a boat had to swim for seven hours before being rescued by an oil rig worker.

The victim, Tok Saphon Samechit, 32, was handed over to the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA), said Kuala Terengganu Maritime Enforcement chief, Captain G. Xavier Thevadas.

He said the victim was believed to have fallen overboard at about 4am while answering the call of nature.

Shipmates did not see him falling off but he fortunately managed to cling on to a barrel to stay afloat.

"The victim saw a light from an oil rig and swam for seven hours towards it.

"He screamed for help and fell asleep due to fatigue before the oil rig worker found him in a weak state at 4.15pm on Saturday," he said in a statement here Sunday.

He said they received the information at 6pm Saturday and sent a vessel which arrived at the oil rig located 72 nautical miles north-east of Kuala Terengganu at 3.10 am.

The victim was brought back to the MMEA jetty here and sent to the Sultanah Nur Zahirah Hospital for treatment.

"No injuries were reported," he said.

He said the victim would be remanded for 14 days in an MMEA lockup in Kuala Terengganu for further investigation. - Bernama

Najib awarded highest-possible UAE honour for head of state

Posted: 18 May 2014 07:02 AM PDT

ABU DHABI: Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has been conferred the Union Medal by the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the highest award for a head of state, here on Sunday.

The Prime Minister received the award from Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Shaikh Mohammed Zayed al Nahyan when Najib paid a courtesy call on him at Mushrif Palace.

The honour is in recognition of Najib's contribution for enhanced bilateral ties between Malaysia and the UAE.

Najib is here on a three-day state visit at the invitation of Shaikh Mohammad.

NS Department: Four trainees test positive for H1N1, 54 quarantined

Posted: 18 May 2014 06:11 AM PDT

ALOR SETAR : Four National Service (NS) trainees from the Dusun Minda Resort in Kuala Nerang have tested positive for the H1N1 virus.

NS Department director Datuk Abdul Hadi Awang Kechil confirmed the report and said the camp had taken measures to ensure that the virus does not spread.

"Affected trainees are being quarantined in a separate dormitory, away from the camp," said Abdul Hadi when contacted by The Star.

He said the camp's medical personnel were informed that the trainees were affected by the virus at 3pm Sunday.

It was reported in The Star Saturday that 52 trainees from the camp had been quarantined due to fever.

Abdul Hadi said the number of those in quarantine had since increased to 54.

"We have contacted the state health department and they will be sending a team of medical personnel to the camp," he said.

Abdul Hadi said camp officers would abide by instructions given by the medical personnel, and that programmes and activities for unaffected trainees would continue as normal.

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