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Monday, January 30, 2017

MMEA reveals identities of six missing in Sabah boat mishap

KOTA KINABALU - The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) has identified the six people who have gone missing after a catamaran carrying 28 Chinese tourists and three crew capsized off Sabah on Saturday.

Five of the missing are tourists and one is a crew, the MMEA said in a statement today.

The tourists are Sheng Jiang Jiang (male, 50 years), Dong Mei (female, age not given), Li Qun (gender and age not given), Luo Hong Yuan (male, 51) and Lu Gua Hang (male, 25) while the crew is Absoy Kasim (male, age not given).

Twenty tourists and two crew were rescued and three tourists were found dead after the catamaran capsized at about 10am on Saturday when it was hit by strong winds and high waves an hour after leaving the Tanjung Aru jetty here for Pulau Mengalum, a tourist destination 56km northwest of Kota Kinabalu.

The MMEA also identified the third of the dead tourists as Xie Luo (male, 48). It had named the other two earlier as He Run Yuan (female, 46) and Zhang Xioa Kun (male, age not given). -- BERNAMA

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Capsized catamaran: 22 survivors, 2 dead named

KOTA KINABALU - The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) has identified the 22 survivors and two of the three dead in the capsize of a catamaran carrying Chinese tourists off Sabah on Saturday that also has six persons still missing.

In a statement issued here today, MMEA said 20 of the survivors were Chinese tourists and the other two were the crew of the boat that capsized while heading from Kota Kinabalu to Pulau Mengalum with 28 tourists and three crew on board.

MMEA named the tourists who survived the mishap as Yan Yan Xin (male, 50 years old), Fan Li Xia (male, 40), Yan Si Yi (female, 17), Shen Hao Tian (male, 17), Yang Yao Ru (female, 24), Wang Xian Zhang (female, 48), Li Feng (female, 39), Chen Xin Jian (female, 23), Her Hai Min (male, 22), He Zi Hao (female, 20), Guo Shun Ke (male, 48), Tan Ting (female, 31), Zeng Cui Can (male, 55), Liu Jin Can (male, 31), Liu Juan (female, 32), Liu Fei Tong (male, 32), Chen Xi (female, 11), Cao Dong Tue (female, age not given), Wei Yin (male, age not given) and Lu Guo Hang (gender and age not given).

The two crew who survived are from Sabah, and have been identified as Sharizal Salian, 25, the skipper, and Aman Abdul, a 38-year-old Filipino who holds an IMM13 immigration travel document.
The MMEA identified two of the three dead tourists as a 46-year-old woman He Run Yuan and a man, Zhang Xioa Kun, whose age was not given.

The survivors among the tourists were brought in a fishing vessel to the Kota Kinabalu Marine Police jetty here at 1.45am today.

The two crew, who were rescued by a tourist boat skipper and a companion who joined the search and rescue (SAR) mission, arrived in Kota Kinabalu yesterday afternoon.

The boat is believed to have capsized at about 10am on Saturday after being hit by strong winds and huge waves an hour after it left the Tanjung Aru jetty here for Pulau Mengalum, a tourist attraction about 56km northwest of Kota Kinabalu.

Six others, five of them tourists and one a crew member, are still missing and the search and rescue mission is ongoing to locate them.

The survivors were brought to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital here this morning. The situation was calm, with the presence of several police personnel.

However, a small group of people, believed to be family members of some of the survivors, appeared to be irritated by the press photographers and gestured angrily for them to leave the hospital area.

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