Detailed investigations on into diver’s death

Yousry speaks to reporters at the press conference. Photo: Mohd Alif Noni

KUCHING: The authorities have started detailed investigations into the death of Chong Su Sian who drowned while diving near Pulau Satang on April 17.

The body of the 31-year-old diver was found last Thursday, some 52 kilometres from the dive site, about 16.4 nautical miles north of Tanjung Po.

Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) Sarawak deputy director of operations Captain Yousry Yaali said the investigations are being conducted together with the Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM).

“It is believed that the victim carried out her dive alone without a ‘dive buddy’.

“We are investigating into the cause of the incident and we do not rule out the possibility that it stems from human negligence.

“The case is being investigated under Section 280 of the Penal Code for operating a boat in a hurry, Section 474 (1) of the Merchant Shipping Ordinance 1952 which is to operate without a valid boat licence as well as the Boat Regulations 1953,” he said.

Meanwhile, the diving community has been urged to always prioritise safety by adhering to the procedures set by the respective certification agencies such as the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (Padi), The National Association of Underwater Instructors (NAUI), Scuba School International (SSI) among others.

Yousry added that the boats used must be licensed to carry out prescribed diving activities. Participants are also advised not to be too passionate while performing activities so as to neglect their own safety.

“All diving participants should also choose an accredited and reputable dive centre and they are advised against diving alone without the presence of an experienced certified dive guide.

“In addition, the usage of surface marker buoy (SMB) is very useful to help detect divers, and it can be used as an additional buoy in case of drifting. A personal locator beacon (PLB) is also encouraged to be used as it can help speed up the rescue process by rescuers,” he said.