9 Pinoys detained for fuel smuggle try off Sabah – report

March 24, 2014 – Able Seaman Januario Callos keeps watch on the starboard bridge-wing of HMAS Success during the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370. The supply ship will use visual lookouts and is equipped with radar and communications equipment to support a coordinated search with other assets within the area. With a displacement of 18 thousand tonnes and carrying a crew of 218, HMAS Success is one of the RAN's largest vessels, capable of providing a valuable surface search, investigation and recovery capability to support the ADF air operations. Photo: LSIS James Whittle aboard HMAS Success/Commonwealth of Australia, Department of Defence

March 24, 2014 – Able Seaman Januario Callos keeps watch on the starboard bridge-wing of HMAS Success during the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370. The supply ship will use visual lookouts and is equipped with radar and communications equipment to support a coordinated search with other assets within the area. With a displacement of 18 thousand tonnes and carrying a crew of 218, HMAS Success is one of the RAN’s largest vessels, capable of providing a valuable surface search, investigation and recovery capability to support the ADF air operations. Photo: LSIS James Whittle aboard HMAS Success/Commonwealth of Australia, Department of Defence

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Nine Filipinos were detained in Sabah Thursday after they were caught in an alleged attempt to smuggle fuel, a Malaysian news site reported Friday.

The nine were manning a cargo boat with fuel products when they were intercepted off the east coast of Sandakan, Malaysia’s The Star Online reported.

The nine Filipinos were described as between 24 and 45 years old. They were taken back to Sandakan and detained for further investigation.

At the time, the vessel was loaded with nine cooking gas cylinders and 17,300 liters of petrol. It was noticed by a Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency patrol 10 a.m.

MMEA District 17 enforcement head Maritime Captain A. Razak Abdul Rahman said the nine crewmembers had no travel documents.

He also said they found no documents allowing the transport of the items. (MNS)

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