SANDAKAN: Two wooden boats loaded with petrol were among three vessels that caught fire off the Batu Sapi area here today.
District Fire and Rescue department chief Haikal Jimmy Ngali led the team that was dispatched to the scene after receiving a report at about 3pm.
The three boats were already on fire about 200 metres from the shore of Batu Sapi, which is located about 14km from the city centre when the team arrived.
According to witnesses, those on thee boats had to jump to sea and make a swim to safety when the fire started spreading.
Several explosions were also heard in the vicinity.