KOTA KINABALU – Police have detained the juragan (skipper) and a crewman of the ill-fated catamaran that sank while on a journey to Pulau Mengalum on Saturday.
The 25-year old skipper, Sharezza Sslian bin Salian and his crew, Aman bin Abdul, 38, were the first to be rescued near Pulau Tiga on Sunday afternoon.
Sabah Police Commissioner Datuk Ramli Din said both men had been held under Section 304A of the Penal Code for causing death by negligence.
He said in a Twitter posting that the two men were being held to assist police in their investigations into the incident.
Ramli is scheduled to give a press conference at 5pm Monday.
Sharezza and Aman were subsequently taken back to Kota Kinabalu and brought to the district police station here.
The catamaran with 31 people on board – comprising 28 Chinese nationals and three crew members – sank at about 10am on Saturday after departing the Tanjung Aru jetty an hour earlier.
The catamaran was described as being not seaworthy, its bow breaking up when struck by strong waves.
It is also believed that the boat did not have radar, GPS as well as radio equipment.
A search effort began immediately after the company operating the vessel reported the incident to authorities some 12 hours after the incident.
Most were rescued on Sunday afternoon. Twenty of the China nationals survived their 32-hour ordeal at sea, while three died.
Another six, including one remaining crewman, were still missing.
The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) has identified two of the three deceased in Saturday’s boat mishap as He Run Yuan and Zhang Xioa Kun from China.
He, 47, a woman, and Zhang, a man, were among the 25 people pulled from the waters off Pulau Tiga.
The third deceased has yet to be identified.
The catamaran was headed to Pulau Mengalum when it capsized sometime after setting off from Tanjung Aru jetty at 9am.
According to the MMEA, the others rescued on Sunday were the boat’s skipper Sharizal Salian and crewman Aman Abdul, and Chinese tourists Yan Yan Xin, 50, Fan Li Xia, 40, Yan Si Yi, 17, Shen Hao Tien, 17, Chen Xi, 11, Yang Yao Ru, 24, Wang Xian Zhang, 24, Her Hai Min, 22, He Zi Hao, 20, Guo Shun Ke, 48, Tan Ting, 31, Zeng Cui Can, 55, Liu Jin Can, 31, Liu Juan, 32, and Liu Fei Tong, 32.
Also rescued were Cao Dong Tue, Wei Yin, Lu Guo Hang, Li Feng, and Chen Xin Jian, whose ages are unknown.