LANGKAWI (Bernama): The sight of a school bus and a car which had been left marooned on top of a stationary barge for days at sea near Teluk Burau here raised the suspicion of travellers who came to Paradise 101, a man-made island in the area.
However, such a sight did not surprise the staff at the island as Bernama was told that the two vehicles were actually being written off and were about to be towed by local fishing boats further out to the sea to be sunk and made into artificial reefs.
“Rough seas that had occurred over the last couple of days had prevented the fishermen to proceed with their plan, forcing them to anchor the barge there,” one of the staff said when met.
He said the fishermen, who were from a nearby village, were now waiting for sea conditions to improve before they could continue to tow the barge to the location where they had identified to be the “final resting place” for the vehicles.
“It is just one of the initiatives taken by the local fishermen to create more artificial reefs as breeding grounds to maintain the population of fish,” he added. – Bernama