JOHOR BAHRU – A 21-year-old man drowned at sea following a lightning strike as he was returning to shore in a boat after a fishing trip yesterday.
Ng Young Ching had apparently fallen into the sea in the vicinity of the Sungai Ayam Lighthouse in Senggarang near Batu Pahat at about 5pm as he was returning to the Sungai Ayam fishing jetty, Batu Pahat Maritime Base maritime enforcement chief Lt Commander (Maritime) Muhammad Zulkarnain Abdullah said today.
Young Ching’s body was found by a search-and-rescue team at 4.50pm today about 1.5 nautical miles from where he had gone missing, he said.
Young Ching’s father, Ng Ban Swee, 59, had lodged a report with the Johor Baharu Southern Region Operations Centre, saying his son went missing at sea at about 5pm, he said.
The centre had relayed the information to the Batu Pahat Maritime Base of the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency.
Muhammad Zulkarnain said Ban Swee said his son had set out to sea at about 4pm in a fibreglass boat to fish but the weather took a turn for the worse as he was returning to shore.
A friend, Go Swee Heng, 37, who was in another boat noticed that Young Ching was not in his boat after a lightning strike and towed the boat to shore, he said.
“Soon after getting the report, an MMEA boat with four personnel sped to the location to look for Young Ching. Twelve fishing boats, a boat of the Department of Civil Defence and two boats of the Fire and Rescue Department also helped in the search,” he said in a statement.
The search-and-rescue operation was called off at 9pm due to failing light and resumed at 7am today, he added. – BERNAMA