Express boat tragedy: Number of survivors increase to 213 after six file police reports


  • Nation
  • Thursday, 06 Jun 2013

BELAGA: The number of survivors of the ill-fated Kawan Mas that capsized at Giam Bungan Batang Balui on May 28 increased from 207 to 213 on Thursday, after six more survivors made police reports after losing their documents in the incident.

Belaga Police Chief Bakar Sebau, who is also the ground operation commander for Kawan Mas disaster search and rescue, said the additional six survivors are Anthony Jawing Awi, Awi Panau, Delam Ngabang, Jelina Buah, Johnny Kana and Limping Tarang.

The survivors - four men and two women - made police reports at police stations close to them and the information was relayed to the Belaga operation room on Wednesday afternoon.

Sebau, when met at the operation site at Giam Bungan Thursday, said the additional survivors increased the count from 207 to 213.

"This clearly shows the ill-fated Kawan Mas had carried nearly three times the allowed capacity of 75 people," he said.

The express boat, which was carrying passengers returning to their hometowns for the Hari Gawai celebrations, sank in the Jeram Tukok/Jeram Bungan area, approximately 40-minute away from Sibu, Sarawak.

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