Tourist From China Drowns While Snorkelling At Pulau Mataking

Snorkelling packages at Kapalai an Sipadan islands off Semporna are very popular, especially with tourists from China. - Photo from the internet
Snorkelling packages at Kapalai and Sipadan islands off Semporna are very popular, especially with tourists from China. – Photo from the internet

SEMPORNA – A tourist from China drowned while snorkelling at a holiday resort at Pulau Mataking, near here, Sunday.

Semporna district police chief, Supt Peter Umbuas said the incident took place at 4.30 pm.

He said a life guard pulled up Xiong Qin Yu, 30s, out of the water on to a nearby beach and gave him cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

“Other resort personnel also tried to revive him but failed. Xiong was bleeding from the nose,” he said in a statement, here Monday.

Peter said Xiong did not wear a safety vest during the incident.

“Xiong was rushed to Semporna Hospital but was pronounced dead.”