Navy chief Abdul Aziz Jaafar in a Twitter posting said that one of the search and rescue ships had received a distress call at about 3pm, reporting engine malfunction and a spoilt steering gear.
He said the search and rescue ships KD Ganas and KD Lekiu are on its way to the boat.
Abdul Aziz has yet to explain why the boat could not be contacted for more than 13 hours since it went missing.
He had last night confirmed the gunboat CB204 with seven crew members was lost during rough seas.
At about 12.35 noon, Abdul Aziz said that a ship had been sent to investigate the sighting of a boat floating off near Pulau Mengalum.
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