Three killed in Malaysia after tourist boat capsizes during Chinese New Year

Published on : Monday, January 30, 2017

Malaysia boat capsizeSeveral travellers at a popular Malaysian tourist island had to go through a massive trauma after a catamaran full of travellers capsized in rough seas and killed at least three on Sunday, 29th January. The local authorities informed that most of the travellers onboard the catamaran, near the coast of Sabah, were Chinese nationals, who were celebrating Chinese New Year.



The department of Malaysian Prime Minister later informed on Sunday at a press conference that the rescue officials, fishermen and tug boats managed to rescue 23 of the drowned travellers. But according to the information revealed by Ahmad Puzi Ab Kaha, the Director General of Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency, three among the 23 rescued died few moments after being rescued.



On Saturday, 28th January, the boat carrying 31 people was heading towards a popular island in the Malaysian Borneo state of Sabah. After the boat stayed missing for 13 hours, a formal police report was lodged.



According to the local authorities, the boat started its voyage from Kota Kinabalu and it sank near Mengalum Island with all the travellers onboard. It was known that two of the crew members of the boat managed to swim towards the shore to ask for help.



Sources informed that the rescue operation was delayed due to rough weather.

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