Sabah boat mishap: Police confirm identity of body found on Saturday

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  • Monday, 06 Feb 2017

Filepix of rescuers bringing the woman's body to shore on Feb 4

KOTA KINABALU: The body of a woman found by fishermen in waters off Pulau Mengalum Saturday morning has been identified as one of the six missing people of the catamaran that sank on Jan 28.

Sabah Police Commissioner Datuk Ramli Din said the DNA report was completed on Monday evening and family has been notified.

"It is confirmed to be the 38-year-old woman who went missing with her daughter," Comm Ramli said.

The woman's 10-year-old daughter, three other Chinese tourists and a local crew member are still missing.

The woman's husband survived the incident and is currently warded at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

The woman's body was found some 13 nautical miles (about 20km) from where the catamaran was believed to have capsized on Jan 28.

The body was caught in fishing nets.

The catamaran with 31 people on board – comprising 28 Chinese nationals and three crew members – sank at about 10am after departing the Tanjung Aru jetty an hour earlier.

Most were rescued on Sunday afternoon. Twenty of the Chinese nationals survived their 32-hour ordeal at sea, while four died.

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