One missing after boat carrying 35 passengers sinks near Kampung Tanjung Aru waters in Sandakan
Feb. 13, 2020
SANDAKAN: A passenger boat carrying 35 passengers including school children and civilians sank after it hit a towing boat near Kampung Tanjung Aru waters here, at around 6am.
A 40-year-old General Operations Force personnel, Asmal Ongkal, who was on the same boat is the only victim still missing.
According to early report from the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency in Sandakan, a total of 13 victims were sent to Hospital Duchess of Kent for medical treatment, and three of them are reported to be in the red zone (critical) including the boat operator and two students.
Asmal’s 14-year-old son is among those admitted to the hospital.
Some of the victims claimed that Asmal was the one who risked his life to save them when the passengers were struggling in the water.
His wife and other family members are currently waiting at the Sandakan Central Market jetty while the search and rescue (SAR) operation is actively taking place.
The press is waiting for confirmation and further details from the Marine Police.
The jetty is now closed while the Maritime Enforcement Agency, Fire and Rescue Department, and other related departments are conducting SAR operation to search for Asmal.
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