25 Chi­nese tourists res­cued as boat sinks

The Star Early Edition - - WORLD -

TWENTY-five Chi­nese tourists have been res­cued af­ter their boat sank off Malaysia’s Sabah state on North Bor­neo, China’s Con­sulate Gen­eral’s Of­fice said yesterday.

The Con­sulate Gen­eral’s Of­fice based in Kota Kin­a­balu, the state capital, said the sur­vivors were res­cued by sev­eral ves­sels and will be sent to the nearby Labuan is­land for med­i­cal check-ups.

The boat car­ry­ing 31 peo­ple, in­clud­ing 28 tourists from China, went miss­ing on Satur­day af­ter sail­ing from Kota Kin­a­balu to Pu­lau Men­galum, a pop­u­lar tourist is­land, some 60km west of Kota Kin­a­balu.

The skip­per and one of the crew was res­cued ear­lier when try­ing to look for help. The search is on­go­ing for those who re­main miss­ing. Author­i­ties would con­tinue with an aerial search at night.

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