Fisherman dies in boat collision
mySarawak | 23/11/2011

SANDAKAN: A Filipino fisherman here died after his boat collided with a speedboat in a river near Kampung Pamaguan, about 10 nautical miles off Sandakan on Monday, November 21.

According to the commanding officer of the Marine Operation Force (MOF), Assistant Superintendent Gan Ping Sin, the speedboat with three passengers on board was headed for Kampung Pamaguan from Sandakan when it collided with a pump boat which was helmed by the victim, Habib Mohd, 71, about 9am.

“The collision caused the victim to be thrown off the boat into the water. His body was recovered and sent to the hospital in the speedboat which had earlier collided with the pump boat,” Gan said, adding that Habib was pronounced death upon arrival at the hospital due to severe bleeding and head injury.

The driver of the speedboat and his three passengers escaped unhurt.

Police were now searching for the speedboat driver known as Majer and urged him to come forward to assist and facilitate in the investigation into the accident, Gan said to reporters yesterday.

He reminded members of the public, especially boat drivers and passengers, to wear safety jackets to prevent any untoward incident from occurring.

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