Boat with 28 Chinese tourists missing in Malaysia

The skipper and a crewman from a tourist boat that went missing off Malaysia were found alive Sunday but an air and sea search was continuing for some 28 Chinese passengers.

Strong winds and choppy seas were hampering the search for the catamaran, which went missing in poor weather off Borneo island on Saturday morning — the first day of the Lunar New Year.

It had left Kota Kinabalu in Malaysia’s Sabah state en route for Pulau Mengalum, an island known for its pristine beaches and dive sites.

“The owner of the boat reported it missing on Saturday evening and we have begun a search and rescue mission,” said Awil Kamsari, a spokesman for the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency.

The skipper and one of two crew members who had been aboard were found alive on Sunday afternoon in waters off a nearby island, the agency said.

Their condition was unknown and no further details were provided.

China’s consulate general’s office in Sabah, citing information from Malaysian authorities, said via a statement that the catamaran is suspected to have sunk after an accident near some islands.

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