Malaysian authorities are continuing their search for four people – two Spaniards, a Chinese national and a Malaysian – after their boat went missing in Sabah waters. A multi-agency search and rescue operation was underway on Wednesday (May 4) for two Spanish tourists, a Chinese national and a Malaysian citizen missing off the coast of Kudat on the northernmost tip of Sabah . The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) spokeswoman FaridahShuib said preliminary investigations revealed the two Spaniards David HernandesGasula, 29, and Marta Miguel, 30, were tourists. They were staying at a chalet belonging to a Chinese national named Tommy Lam in TanjungSimpangMengayau, Kudat.

Lam was said to have taken them on a day trip to the island Balambangan on Tuesday before they went missing. MMEA believes the boat is adrift after its engine failed As of 1pm Malaysian time on Wednesday, the search area has been expanded from 400 to 750 nautical miles north west of TanjungSimpangMengayau. Lam’s family has dispatched three boats to look for the missing four. The Malaysian Navy, the Marine Police and MMEA have all deployed assets, including vessels and a helicopter, for the search.

Source; The Star