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Sunday, February 12, 2017

Skipper of illegal boat that capsized arrested at Tawau airport

TAWAU - The Tawau police today arrested a man believed to be the skipper of the boat that capsized when hit by waves while on its way to Sungai Nyamuk, Indonesia, on Tuesday.

Tawau police said the man known as Juma, 23, was arrested at around 10.30am at Tawau Airport.

“After the capsized boat incident, the suspect was believed to have gone to Kuala Lumpur,” police said in a statement here today.

“The suspect was detained and arrested for his alleged involvement in the case being investigated under the Penal Code,” police said.

The police have been tracking down a man, believed to be the skipper of the boat that capsized in the waters off Batu Payung.

It was also reported that the skipper had fled after being rescued by two men fishing on the high seas, based on evidence of another victim, Mansur Umar, 25, who was also rescued by the fishermen.

Meanwhile, police said a representative of the Indonesian Consulate said the body of a 18-month-old baby girl believed to be one of the victims of the boat was found by a farmer in the waters of Sungai Manurung, Indonesia.

The victim’s identity was confirmed by her parents Budiman Muslimin, 26, and Hasmida Masaniaga, 24.

“Both victims confirmed, based on pictures shown, that the body belongs to their daughter, Nur Ainun,” said the police.

As of 2pm, 14 of the 15 victims have been found, of which only four survived.

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