Search area narrowed for missing passengers in Malaysia's boat accident

Updated 2017-02-03 16:24:15 Xinhua

Malaysian authorities has narrowed the search area for the six remained missing in the boat accident off its Sabah state, officials said Friday.

The search on the day would cover an area of 2,990 square nautical miles, comparing with 3,900 square nautical miles in the past two days, according to Adam Aziz, chief of Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency in Kota Kinabalu, the state capital.

The search focus more on the south and west, based on the calculation of wind and current, in the seventh day into the operations.

Some 350 personnel and 21 assets including ships and aircrafts would comb the waters near Malaysia and the neighboring Brunei, he said.

The weather was expected to be good in the morning before turning bad in the afternoon, which would hamper the search effort, he said.

The catamaran, carrying over two dozen Chinese tourists and three crew, went down in turbulent waters while heading for the popular island of Mengalum on Jan. 28. Twenty-two people have been rescued but three Chinese tourists have been confirmed dead. Another five Chinese tourists and a crew member are still missing.

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