(CNN)A search operation in Malaysia is underway to get a catamaran taking 31 individuals, including 28 Chinese tourists, after it went missing on Saturday, Malaysian state news agency Bernama reports.
The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) said the catamaran left the eastern Sabah state on Saturday and was headed to an island popular with tourists. A police report was lodged 13 hours after that said the boat was lost.
The event happened during Chinese New Year parties.
“The consulate immediately learned of the situation and expressed their major concern to the state government, asking them to immediately organize a search and rescue mission,” according to your statement in the Chinese consulate in Kota Kinabalu.
“The Consulate General has asked the state government to beef up search and rescue efforts, pay close attention to the relevant circumstances and spare no effort to push forward search and rescue efforts.”
The search and rescue operation was headed by the MMEA and was helped by the Royal Malaysian Navy as well as the Marine Operations Force, the report says.