ALOR SETAR, June 1 (Bernama) -- A passenger ferry undergoing tests at the Haji Bidi platform, Kampung Seberang Kota in Kuala Kedah, here Tuesday, collided with two fishing boats, causing one to sink and damaging the other.
The ferry owned by Sunflower Sdn Bhd, which plies the Kuala Kedah-Langkawi route, was being tested following repairs.
The owner of the sunken boat, Mohamad Musa, 58, said his boat was tied to the side of the platform and several friends were nearby making preparations to go to sea in the evening when the incident occurred at 2pm.
"I saw the ferry, Marine Star 3, speed up after making a U-turn and crash into my 15-tonne boat from behind, causing it to sink slowly.
"The speed of the ferry also caused it to crash into a 50-tonne boat and damaged its cabin, but thankfully no one was injured," he said at the scene.
Mohamad, who estimated his losses at RM50,000, lodged a report at the Kuala Kedah police station.
A spokesperson of the Kuala Kedah Marine Department said they would retrieve Mohamad's boat from the water.
I don't know how come this thing can happen. Maybe mentality of the captain boat cruising the ferry is terrible. How come they cant see the small boat in their way.
If its in land the licence can be revoke by in the see. I see the enforcement was quite lenient.