KOTA KINABALU: Eight people, including a 63-year-old woman, managed to swim to safety after a boat capsized in Likas here.
Miraculously, the elderly woman who was carried away by waves when the vessel capsized at Sungai Lembaga Padi, Kampung Cenderamata 2 there, succeeded in climbing up the riverbank further down the section near Yayasan Sabah Building.
The Fire and Rescue Department received the information at 6.45pm, where it was initially reported that seven of the victims managed to swim to safety while one was still missing.
“However, the missing woman managed to get to land safely herself and proceeded to stop a motorcyclist to assist her in returning to her village.
“The team from Lintas fire station gave preliminary treatment to her, where she confirmed that she does not require further check-ups at the hospital. The operation ended at 7.41pm,” said the department spokesman.
Meanwhile in a separate incident in Tuaran district, an 80-year-old man operating a passenger bus drove the vehicle into a drain at a flooded area there.
However, the victim was reported to be safe, said the Department spokesman.
The report came in at 3.59pm at the section near Petronas gas station along Jalan Bakut there.
“The team from Tuaran fire station went to the location to inspect the area around the stranded bus as well as monitor the flooded road and found the situation is still under control.
“The operation ended at 6.30pm,” added the spokesman.