Malacca Strait: Life Raft From Missing Malaysia Airlines Flight Found?

March 12, 2014 Updated: July 18, 2015

In the Malacca Strait, a life raft was found that could have come from missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370.

The damaged life raft bearing the word “boarding” was found 10 nautical miles from Port Dickson town by a group of fisherman.

The fisherman found the raft on Tuesday around noon and notified the Kuala Linggi Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency, because the raft was so heavy.

“We managed to tie it to our boat as we feared it would sink due to the damages,” Azman Mohamad, one of the fisherman, told the New Straits Times

A spokesman for the agency said that the raft sunk into the sea while agency officials were trying to bring it on board a vessel they responded to the scene on.

It’s unclear if there will be any efforts to retrieve the raft from underwater.

The plane went missing early Saturday after air traffic control lost contact with it and a frantic search involving multiple countries has turned up little evidence of what happened.

Authorities shifted the search from the sea between Malaysia and Vietnam to the Malacca Strait this week, after evidence indicated that the plane turned around mid-flight and went west past Kuala Lumpur International Airport, where it took off from. The plane was headed to Beijing. 

 

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