Bad weather hits tour boat, brings down parasailers


KOTA KINABALU: Several Koreans were injured during a boating and parasailing activity near here on Friday.  

The group of tourists had gone for the activity with a tour boat operator in the morning when the weather turned for the worse not long afterwards. 

While their boat ended up being washed up at the Shangri-La Tanjung Aru Resort beach, two in their party who were parasailing were blown aimlessly about by the sudden gust of strong winds at about 11am. 
 
Their parachutes eventually hit a tree before falling to the ground, bringing the two people down with it.

It's not clear whether they were both tourists or if one of them was a guide.

According to the resort director of communications, Claudina Wong, their staff went to the assistance of the victims after the incident and helped to alert the authorities.

“At about 11.30am today (Aug 3), a small boat operated by a third-party tour agency carrying several passengers washed up next to our resort’s sunset bar,” she said in a statement.

“Our colleagues immediately rushed to help while waiting for emergency assistance,” Wong said.

She said the tourists were not their guests.

Kota Kinabalu police chief ACP Habibi Majinji said they were still getting information about the incident.

The Meteorological Department has warned of bad weather over the last few days.

All sea-related activities have been urged to be put on hold.