BETONG: An Indonesian man, reported to have gone missing in a forest at Salcra Batang Ai, Lubok Antu on Tuesday, had returned to Kalimantan, Indonesia.
The State Fire Department’s operations centre stated around 10.05am this morning, a representative of the Salcra farm employee lodged a police report on the incident at the Lubok Antu police station.
The Indonesian man is known as Suhaidi and Suhaidi’s wife phoned a colleague of her husband in Lubok Antu to inform him about the news.
After discussions with the police and farm management, the search and rescue (SAR) operation was called off.
Meanwhile, another search and rescue (SAR) operation was underway today for a senior citizen believed to have gone missing after he visited his farm in Batu Api on Tuesday.
Betong fire chief PPgB Vincent Yabi said the station received a distress call from Betong police on Wednesday to assist in the search operation at Rumah Sibat, Kampung Penurin.
Today was day two of the SAR operation; it focused on a swampy area. Involved in the operation are 38 personnel from the Betong fire station, Betong K-9 unit, police, Civil Defence Force (APM) and villagers.
Andun Jabu, 77, went to a farm in Batu Api area alone on Tuesday and was not back home yet on Wednesday. This was when the villagers started their search party but to no avail. A missing person report was immediately made.
At press time, the victim has not been found yet.