Cops not ruling out foul play in ferry fire


  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 27 Feb 2019

Charred remains: The burnt ferry was towed to the Marine Department Jetty in Tanjung Lembong, Langkawi. — Bernama

LANGKAWI: The police are not ruling out foul play in the fire which almost claimed 58 lives on board a Kuala Perlis-bound ferry.

OCPD Supt Mohd Iqbal Ibrahim said a preliminary investigation paper was opened to identify the cause of the incident.

“We are still waiting for a report from the Fire and Rescue Department which will carry out a forensic investigation on the ferry.

“The fire report would determine if there were criminal elements involved in the 2.40pm incident on Monday,” he said.

On the day of the incident, Supt Mohd Iqbal said he received a call from one of the passengers on the ferry about the fire.

“Based on the information, we deployed a marine police team with two boats to assist the passenger ferry travelling from Langkawi to Kuala Perlis.

“The ferry had just left from the jetty at 2.30pm and 10 minutes later the fire started in the engine room.

“All the 58 passengers, including five crew members and the captain, were rescued,” he said.

The victims were taken to the Kuah jetty and two people who experienced shortness of breath due to smoke inhalation were rushed to Hospital Sultanah Maliha.

Most of the passengers later boarded the ferry provided by the office of the Langkawi MP to return to Kuala Perlis.

Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 1
Cxense type: free
User access status: 3

Metro , langkawi , northern region

   

Did you find this article insightful?

Yes
No

Next In Nation

Cops find RM22.46mil worth of syabu in lorry, condominium
African swine fever outbreak affecting wild boar population in Sabah
IGP: VVIPs suspected as masterminds behind more than five drug syndicates
Human Resources manager claims trial to charge of submitting false Socso claims
Covid-19 vaccination: 3,135 cops from Kuala Lumpur police headquarters to get their jabs in first phase
Fu Ah Kiow resigns as Star Media Group director, chairman of board
Edmund Santhara: My trip to NZ was approved by the PM, complied with SOP requirements
Dr Wee: Perikatan committed to winning Covid-19 battle, restoring the economy
Perak MB: no issue of 'VIPs' in state jumping queue for Covid-19 vaccination
Three men detained over ruckus at restaurant along Jalan Tun Sambathan

Stories You'll Enjoy


Vouchers