Man goes missing after boat collision off Semporna

Firemen scouring the sea off Boheyan Island looking for the missing man.

KOTA KINABALU: A man has gone missing after a collision between two boats at Boheyan Island off the east coast Semporna district early Monday (Sept 26).

The details surrounding the incident are sketchy as the authorities have yet to ascertain the victim’s identity and age.

A Fire and Rescue Department spokesperson said they received a distress call over the collision at 6.20am.

“The Semporna Water Fire and Rescue Station received an emergency call about two boats being involved in a collision at Boheyan Island.

“According to the marine police, a man was reported to have gone missing after the collision.

“The rescue team reached the location at 7.38am and immediately scoured the area.

“Further details will be shared from time to time,” added the spokesman.

In an unrelated incident in Kota Belud on Monday, firemen had to be called in to free a two-year-old boy who was locked inside a car.

Kota Belud fire chief Muhammad Syazwan Latun said an emergency call was made over the incident at the Kota Belud market to the district station at 8.16am.

He said the mother of the child had accidentally locked her son in the car.

“She had forgotten to take the key out from the ignition and the door locked when she closed it.

“We had to use special equipment to pry open the doors to free the child,” he said, adding it took rescuers about five minutes to open the door.

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