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KEMAMAN – A married couple is reported missing after falling off a boat, which they and six other people, including three members of the Fire and Rescue Department were in, capsized in flood water at Kampung Geliga Che Akob here today.

State Fire and Rescue Department director Md Salleh Sarbini identified the married couple as Suhaimi Awang and wife, Nur Hayati Sulong.

He said the incident occurred about 1.20 pm while the firemen were ferrying the couple and three other flood victims to an evacuation centre.

The evacuation was conducted according to stipulated procedures, he said, adding that all eight people on the boat, including the couple, were wearing safety jackets.

“However, during the journey, the boat got trapped in a whirlpool and capsized,” he told Bernama here.

Md Salleh said attempts by the firemen to save the couple were hindered by the strong river current.

The three other flood victims on the boat managed to swim to safety, he added.

Md Salleh said a search and rescue operation had been mounted for the couple.

The operation, involving 20 firemen, assisted by members from other agencies, has been expanded to Kuala Kemaman, he added. – BERNAMA

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