Passenger boat capsizes in Bakun, search-and-rescue efforts underway

MIRI: A passenger boat with people on board reportedly capsized Sunday (May 12) in the deep interior of the Bakun Dam in the heart of central Sarawak.

A search-and-rescue operation is currently being carried out by the Sarawak Fire and Rescue Department.

In its latest updates, the department said the incident happened at a site called Batu Keling Ulu Bakun.

The incident was said to have happened late Saturday (May 11) afternoon in the upper reaches of the huge dam located in the Belaga district.

The Fire and Rescue station in the nearest town of Bintulu deployed a search-and-rescue unit this morning after being alerted by the police in Belaga.

"Bintulu is about four hours by road from the entrance to the Bakun Dam.

"From the dam entrance to the site of the incident, it will take another four hours by boat," the Sarawak Fire and Rescue department said.

The search-and-rescue team left Bintulu at 7am Sunday and as of noon, there were no updates.

There is no mobile phone coverage in the upper reaches of Bakun.

There are no specific details yet as to the actual number of passengers in the boat that capsized.

There are also no details yet as to which settlement the boat was from or heading to.

There are still many scattered villages located in the deeper regions of the 64ha Bakun Dam.



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