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Urgent review of safety operation at sea needed after boat collision

14th February, 2020

SANDAKAN: Member of Parliament for Sandakan, Vivian Wong said there is an urgent need to review the current SOP of all boats and ferries operating in our waters, after a passenger boat collided with a tug boat cable off Kampung Tanjung Aru yesterday, seriously injuring three passengers and one still missing.

“We have many school children travelling to mainland Sandakan to attend classes everyday via boats and ferries, their safety is of the utmost importance. Thus, it is imperative that the relevant authorities conduct an urgent review on the safety of the operation of all boats and ferries, to ensure that accident like this will not occurred in the future,” said Vivian after visiting the injured passengers and their families at Duchess of Kent Hospital following the incident.

“While current focus is on the search and rescue mission to locate the missing passenger and also to ensure that all injured passengers are taken care of, I urge the relevant authorities to carry out the accident investigation swiftly and subsequently, incorporate the findings into enhancing the safety of all sea vessel operations in our water,” added Vivian.

During this period, the Parliament Sandakan will be collaborating closely with all relevant agencies such as the police, maritime, hospital and welfare department to provide all the necessary support to all affected passengers and their families.

Vivian will also lead a team to visit Kampung Tanjung Aru today (Friday) for a dialogue with villagers on various issues, especially on the aspect on water transport services.

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