Catamaran Tragedy: SAR Operation For Missing 5 Enters 21st Day

File photo of the missing catamaran that capsized while on its way to Pulau Mengalum on the first day of the lunar new year. Four people have died and five still missing. – Photo provided by MMEA Sabah

KOTA KINABALU: The search and rescue (SAR) operation to find five more victims of the catamaran boat tragedy in Sabah waters enters its 21st day Friday.

Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) director for Sabah and Labuan, Maritime Commodore Mohd Zubil Mat Som said the SAR operation covered 300sq nautical miles off Sabah, Miri, Sarawak and Brunei.

Nine assets were used in the operation, of which three were owned by MMEA; three, by Marine Police; two, by the Royal Malaysian Navy; and one by the Brunei security agency.

“As of this morning, there has not been any new pointer but the operation will go on pending further instructions,” he said in a statement here Friday.

In the incident on Jan 28, the tour boat carrying 28 tourists from China and three crew members capsized after being battered by strong winds and giant waves while heading to Pulau Mengalum.

Twenty-two victims have been found, of whom four perished.