Malaysian marine police on Tuesday rescued 16 crew members of a Malaysian ship and detained five Indonesian suspected pirates, officials said.Five arrests, one escapee who jumped overboard to avoid arrest and for whom there seems to be no search and rescue effort.
Six masked men had boarded the PNG Express early Tuesday in waters off Johor state, and tied up the ship's Malaysian captain and 15 crew - all of whom are Thai nationals - before robbing them of their belongings, said federal marine police commander Isa Munir.
All the suspects are Indonesians with valid passports.
'We managed to recover all stolen items along with four machetes, four masks and binoculars belonging to the suspects,' said Isa.
Landing the Big One
Tuesday, July 21, 2009