Patrol boat almost sinks in Sabah

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  • Monday, 19 Sep 2011

KUALA LUMPUR: A Royal Malaysian Navy patrol ship, KD Pari, almost sank when its main engine room sprang a leak after one of its shafts came off.

The incident was said to have occurred at 2.53pm on Thursday when the “fast attack craft” had just left Pulau Layang-Layang to patrol the Gugusan Semarang Peninjau in Sabah waters.

However, all nine officers and 27 other crew members were safe.

Public relations officer of the navy headquarters, Lt-Kdr Masliza Maaris, said in a statement that swift action by the commanding officer and the crew succeeded in bringing the vessel closer to the Pulau Layang-Layang jetty.

“After getting close to the jetty, the vessel half sank as it took in too much water despite using several mobile pumps to pump the water out,” she said.

Lt-Kdr Mazliza said with the help of the navy’s divers, KD Pari was set afloat again using lifting bags. — Bernama

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