Stranded ferry towed to Kuala Kedah, over 500 people rescued

Stranded ferry towed to Kuala Kedah, over 500 people rescued

ALOR SETAR: A ferry carrying over 500 passengers and crew that was stranded at around 3 pm while on its way to Langkawi from Kuala Kedah has been safely towed to the Kuala Kedah Ferry Jetty on Sunday (Oct 23) night.

Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) Kuala Kedah Maritime Zone director Cmdr (Maritime) Noor Azreyanti Ishak said the ferry was towed back by a tow boat owned by a cargo company in Kuala Kedah at 9.25 pm and that all onboard were safe.

Three passengers were sent to the Sultanah Bahiyah Hospital here for further observation as one of them had a nervous disorder while two suffered breathing difficulties.

“A total of 272 passengers were brought off in stages by a MMEA PERKASA 1224 boat and a police PSC 19 patrol boat with assistance from several local fishing boats around Kuala Kedah and Yan, while the rest of the passengers onboard were towed in,” she said in a statement tonight.

The MMEA Kuala Kedah Maritime Zone had received a report from the Marine Department about an Express Bahagia 98 passenger ferry with 547 people being stranded at 1.2 nautical miles off the Kuala Kedah estuary at 4.15 pm. – Bernama

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