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Malaysian navy saves 26 shipwreck survivors

June 09, 2012

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – Malaysia's navy rescued 26 people Thursday (June 7th), including tourists from Britain, Japan and the United States, after their boat sank in stormy weather off Borneo Island, AFP reported.

The boat – with 12 crew and 14 passengers on board – sank early Thursday off Sabah state on Borneo, said Mohamad Izuar Zainuddin, an official with the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency.

A Malaysian navy vessel, responding to the distress call, managed to rescue them as they floated on a life raft and two inflatable dinghies, Mohamad Izuar said.

Seven of the passengers are British, four American, two Japanese and one Dutch, while the crew comprises a German, an Irish person and 10 Thais, he said. None of them sustained injuries.

The boat was traveling to an island off Sabah state, but Mohamad Izuar could not say how long it had been at sea or what caused it to capsize.

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