Seven rescued after military patrol boat capsizes near Sandakan

SANDAKAN: Seven military personnel from Joint Task Force Headquarters 2 (ATB 2) were rescued after their patrol boat in capsized off Pulau Nunuyan near here on Wednesday (Jan 25) morning.

Sabah police commissioner Datuk Idris Abdullah (pic) said the incident occurred at 11am when the patrol boat was hit by big waves.

“At approximately 10am, ATB 2’s Viper 7 patrol boat, with seven personnel on board, left Pulau Bakungan Kecil to ATB 2 headquarters jetty in Batu Sapi, Sandakan.

“However, at approximately 11am, when it arrived near Pulau Nunuyan waters, it was hit by large waves and capsized,” he said in a statement on Thursday (Jan 26).

Idris said all seven were successfully rescued at about 2.50pm the same day by a patrol boat from the General Operations Force (GOF) 15th Battalion and taken to the Sandakan Marine Police Force operational base for treatment. – Bernama