Ship slams into pavilion

  • Nation
  • Saturday, 31 May 2008

SIBU: Five people had a narrow escape when a container ship rammed into a garden pavilion on the Rejang River here.

Two of them were teenagers fishing at one of the two pavilions built by the Chiang Chuan Association as part of a RM1.5mil waterfront beautification project.

A bridge to the Tua Pek Kong Temple on the riverbank connects the landmark pavilions.

Extensive damage: The collapsed pavilion resting precariously on the damaged bridge to the Tua Pek Kong Temple on the Rejang River waterfront in Sibu on Friday.

The cargo ship crashed onto the pavilion when trying to berth at the nearby Rejang Port Authority wharf on Thursday afternoon.

The collision caused the pavilion to collapse and partially damaged the bridge.

The bow of the ship, which managed to berth, was ripped open, displaying a gaping hole.

Big cut: The ship berthing at the wharf after the collision caused a gaping hole in its bow.

State Assistant Minister for Public Health Datuk Dr Soon Choon Teck, Chiang Chuan Association chairman Chai Then Sien and Sibu Municipal Council secretary Wong Fu Toh were at the scene to investigate.

Chai said the association would ask an insurance firm to assess the damage to enable them to seek compensation from the shipowner.

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