Body of drowned teenager found

Firefighters carry the victim’s body ashore.

SARIKEI: Rescuers has found the body of a teenager reported missing after falling off a fishing vessel in Batang Rajang last Wednesday.

The victim, Muhd Imran Najmi Mohtar, 17, was found floating about 100 metres from where the fishing vessel was anchored at around 11.30am this morning.

Sarikei Fire and Rescue Station chief Mahmudin Narudin said the body was found by members of the public who participated in a search and rescue (SAR) operation for the victim.

“The body was brought to Sarikei Hospital for further action,” Mahmudin said when met by reporters.

The victim was reported to have fallen overboard while sleeping atop the fishing vessel during a fishing trip with his uncle and a friend.