Search for missing diver continues

Maritime boats are seen docking at Telaga Air Waterfront Jetty following heavy rain at sea today (Apr 19).

KUCHING: The search and rescue (SAR) operations for a 31-year-old woman feared drowned during a diving activity in Pulau Satang waters, entered day two on Monday (Apr 19).

Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) Sarawak director First Admiral (Maritime) Zin Azman Md Yunus said the search sector today covered an area of 466.68 nautical miles around the waters of Pulau Satang.

An aerial search was also carried out covering the waters of Tanjung Sipang to Tanjung Datu.

A total of 41 personnel from various agencies, namely the state Fire and Rescue Department, marine police, Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM), PDRM Air Force and Civil Defence Force took part in the operations.

The search involved the usage of boats, an aircraft and a drone.

“The aerial search by the PDRM Air Force asset, Cessna Caravan around Pulau Satang waters was not able to detect any object or leads to the missing diver.

“The marine police also searched the area where the victim was believed to have gone missing and found no leads.

“As at 6pm today, rescuers had not been able to find any new leads to the victim’s whereabout. The operations will be postponed to tomorrow (Apr 20),” Zin Azman said.

An aerial view of an island near Pulau Satang.

On Saturday (Apr 17), the victim, identified as Chong Su Sian, an experienced diver, went on a diving trip with eight other divers, about 23 nautical miles north of Pulau Satang.

The victim reportedly decided to make a last dive alone around 4pm and did not surface for about one hour and 20 minutes.

An aerial search conducted by PDRM Air Force personnel aboard the Cessna Caravan aircraft.