The boat started from Kota Kinabalu around 9 am on Saturday and was headed towards popular tourist destination of Mengalum island, Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency said. Photograph: (AFP)
Search and rescue have to cover an area of about 400 nautical square miles, but bad weather conditions are hampering the effort
A boat carrying 31 people, including 28 Chinese tourists went missing off the coast of Borneo, Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) said on Sunday.
The boat started from Kota Kinabalu, the capital of eastern Sabah state, around 9 am (0100 GMT) on Saturday.
MMEA deputy director Rahim Ramli said told AFP, that the boat was headed towards popular tourist destination of Mengalum island.
"The owner of the boat reported it missing on Saturday evening and we have begun a search and rescue mission," MMEA spokesman said.
Search and rescue have to cover an area of about 400 nautical square miles, but bad weather conditions are hampering the effort.
"We are looking at strong winds and choppy waters, and have requested assistance from the air force to conduct an aerial search," Ramli said.
The captain and two crew members were also on board.
(WION with inputs from agencies)