Two drown, 11 safe after passenger boat capsizes


ALOR STAR: A man and a woman drowned after a passenger boat capsized while on its way from Tanjung Dawai to Pantai Merdeka today.

Passing boats rescued 11 others who were on board.

It is believed that the boat, carrying a skipper and 12 passengers, capsized after it hit the anchor chain of a trawler at around 10.30am.

Kedah Fire and Rescue public relations officer Nur Hafizah Mohammad Lokman said the victims, a man and a woman, were aged 19 and 34.

She added that two survivors were brought to hospital for medical checks. Four victims were found safe at Pantai Merdeka and five others at Tanjung Dawai.