KUCHING: A 59-year-old man who was reported missing in Santubong since Jan 3, has yet to be found as the search and rescue (SAR) operations entered day five yesterday without any new clues.
Malaysia Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) Sarawak director Zin Azman Md Yunus said the search yesterday covered an area of 82 square nautical miles from Tanjung Sipang to Pulau Satang.
“Eight assets from various agencies have been mobilised for offshore search. Meanwhile for air surveillance, rescuers were assisted by the Sarawak Emergency Drone Radio Association (REDS) using drones.
“For the search on land, rescuers conducted a search from Siol Santubong estuary. As at 12pm, rescuers have yet to find any new clues,” he said.
A total of 125 rescuers consisting of MMEA, REDS, Fire Department (Bomba), Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM), Marine police, Civil Defense Force (APM), Marine Fisheries Department and villagers, were involved in the search today.
The victim identified as Samsudin Beden, was said to be sending a boat from Santubong to Kampung Lundu on Jan 3.
However, he did not reach Lundu which prompted the search operations where rescuers found the victim’s overturned boat behind Damai Golf Resort as well as his personal belongings, safety jacket, fish barrel and boat’s engine.