Malaysian navy rescues tourists stranded on Tioman island hinh anh 1Malaysian navy vessel KD Terengganu. (Photo: Bernama)

Kuala Lumpur (VNA) – The Royal Malaysian Navy has been deployed to rescue 93 tourists stuck on Tioman island following bad weather and rough seas.

A total of 54 foreign tourists and 39 local tourists have been stranded on the island, off the east coast of Johor state, since January 11.

Tioman assemblyman Johari Hussain said navy ship KD Terengganu arrived on the island at 10pm on January 15.

The tourists will be transferred from the marina on January 16, he said, adding that seven locals will also be allowed to board the ship.

The monsoon season in Tioman island starts from October to March every year.

Johari Hussain said when the monsoon season starts, the Government constantly reminds people of the situation and the risk that they may face on the island.

During this period, fewer tourists visit the island due to the weather but there are those who take the risk to go to Tioman with the hope that they would be able to board the ferry when the weather improves, he said. -VNA