One body recovered following Sarawak boat capsize incident

Search and Rescue teams being deployed to the site of the mishap.
Search and Rescue teams being deployed to the site of the mishap.PHOTO: THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

MIRI (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Authorities have found the body of a male youth from the lake at Logan Bunut National Park in northern Sarawak after two people went missing when a boat ferrying a group of university students capsized.

Seven people had been on board the vessel when it capsized. All of those on board were male. They included five students from Curtin University Sarawak, a local tour guide and the boat's skipper. 

The team had been on an expedition to carry out studies on crocodiles and other animals in the park, which is located about five hours by boat from the town of Marudi.

It was earlier reported that six students had been on board the boat. 

Sarawak assistant tourism minister Datuk Lee Kim Shin said the management of Curtin University Sarawak had informed him that a body had been found.

The Fire and Rescue Department also confirmed that a body had been found at about 12.45pm on Monday (Dec 12).

Five of the seven people on board managed to swim to shore, while two of them went missing.