158 passengers rescued from sinking ferry ZUHAIRI, Borneo
Ferry ZUHAIRI sank after colliding with barge near Semporna port, Malaysia, north east Borneo, at around 2000 LT Jan 6. It is understood that the ferry left Bongao island in southern Philippines for Semporna at about 1400 LT and was approaching in Semporna when it collided with the barge. Some 158 passengers were rescued, 9 were hospitalized, though without serious injures. Exact number of passengers on board yet unknown. Ferry was sinking slowly, which gave rescuers enough time to evacuate all people on board.
Passenger vessel ZUHAIRI, IMO 9023718, GT 119, built 1992, flag Malaysia, manager MID-EAST ENTERPRISE, Sabah, Malaysia.