People drifting in waters off Malaysian coast await rescue

Story highlights

  • A rescue effort is underway
  • Most of the people on the vessel were Chinese tourists

At least 31 people, including 28 Chinese tourists were on a catamaran headed to an island popular with tourists on Saturday. A police report was lodged 13 hours later that said the vessel was missing.

The boat is believed to have sunk near Mengalum Island after it sailed from Kota Kinabalu, and two crew members managed to make their way to land to seek assistance, the report says.

The Chinese tourists, with the help of one crew member, are drifting in one group and awaiting rescue, with urgent rescue efforts currently underway, Xinhua reported. It is not known how they have been able to survive the accident.

The incident occurred during the Chinese New Year celebration period.

The maritime agency enforcement agency, the navy and the air force were conducting the search, which was hampered by bad weather, Xinhua said.

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