GEORGE TOWN – A quarry worker, 60, is believed to have drowned after the boat
carrying him and six others capsized near Pantai Utara behind the Malaysian Anti
Corruption Commission (MACC) Penang office at Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah here
During the 7 pm incident, the boat which was carrying seven people assigned
to conduct a survey on the land reclamation project in the area, overturned due
to strong waves.
Fire and Rescue Department operation commander, Nazari Mustapha said that
the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) was currently conducting the
search and rescue operations.
He said the department received a distress call from a MACC officer and when
the team arrived, they managed to save one Indonesian some 80 metres from the
The remaining five survivors were found by a fisherman some 500 metres from
the shore, believed to be near the location the boat had overturned, he said.
Three out of the seven people, aged between 26 to 60, on board the boat are
Malaysians while the rest are Indonesian nationals.
One of the survivors, identified as Hamdan Osman, 35, from Acheh, said he
and his colleagues had left Pantai Jerjak for work at about 6pm and the strong
waves caused the boat to lose its balance and capsized.