IPOH: Three women were killed after two boats collided near the Lumut Navy base.
Manjung OCPD Asst Comm Nor Omar Sappi said the three victims, all women aged between 26 and 43, died while being treated at the navy hospital after the incident that occurred at about 9pm on Monday (March 6).
"We received a call from the public about the accident around 9.15pm.
"Together with the Fire and Rescue Department and the Navy, we launched a search and rescue operation," he said in a statement on Tuesday (March 7).
ACP Nor Omar said one of the boats, which was carrying 18 people including the captain, was heading to Pangkor Island from Lumut.
The other boat, he said, was carrying three people, including the captain, and was travelling from the opposite direction.
"Following the collision, 10 people from the first boat fell into the sea and were rescued by captains from both boats," he said, adding that all the victims were sent to the Naval hospital.
"A 43-year-old woman was warded at the intensive care unit while 17 were given outpatient treatment," he said.
ACP Nor Omar said the bodies of the three victims were sent to the Seri Manjung Hospital for a post-mortem to determine the cause of death.
"As of now, the cases has been classified as sudden death.
"The police wished those who have information about the accident to contact the police at 05-688 6222 or the nearest police station to assist the investigation," he added.