7 suffer burns in Sabah tourist boat blast

The incident happened at the Dive Floating Centre in Semporna, Sabah.

SEMPORNA: Seven men were injured after a tourist boat caught fire at the Dive Floating Centre here yesterday.

Eastern Sabah Security Command commander Hazani Ghazali said police received a call at 10.30am following the incident, in which four workers were transferring petrol from the boat’s fuel tank to a container.

He said there was a small explosion followed by a fire.

“There were seven men on board at the time,” he said, adding that the victims – four Malaysians and three migrants aged between 18 and 36 – suffered 5% to 30% burns on their bodies.

They are receiving treatment at the Tawau Hospital.