25 rescued from sinking boat in Sabah

25 rescued from sinking boat in Sabah
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KOTA KINABALU - Twenty-five people were rescued when their passenger boat sprang a leak in mid sea from Labuan to Sipitang.

Another passenger boat, which was travelling there, assisted the passsengers after receiving a distress call via the boat radio at about 2pm on Tuesday.

A team of the Fire and Rescue Department, marine police, Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency arrived minutes later and sent the passengers to Labuan.

Labuan Fire and Rescue operations chief Roslizan Yahya said the passengers were not injured as the boat had a backup system that kept it afloat for a longer period of time during emergencies.

"The local passengers, including children and adults were sent to Sipitang in separate vessels that arrived to provide assistance," he said.

They all arrived their destination at about 3pm, less than half an hour later than the usual time.

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