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JOHOR BAHRU – Two fishermen are feared drowned after their boats capsized and sank during a storm in the waters off Rambah and Pontian, near here yesterday morning.

Johor Bahru District Maritime Director, Maritime Captain Syed Nur Adli Ab Rahman said the victims were Muhammad Atif Hafifi Abd Manaf, 28, from Kampung Pesisir Pontian, while the other was only known as Amy, 20, from Sabah.

“The first incident occurred at about 11 am at a location 1km west of Sg Rambah, Pontian as Muhammad Atif Hafifi and his friend had just returned from catching fish.

“Suddenly a strong storm came and hit their boat causing it to capsize. The victim’s friend managed to escape by swimming to shore while the victim disappeared,” he said in a statement, here Saturday.

He said the storm also caused another boat which carried four crew members including Amy to sink at a location 1.8 km west of Sg Pontian Kecil at about the same time after sea water entered the boat.

“Three other crew members were rescued by fishermen in other fishing boats while a search team was still searching for Amy,” he said.

Syed Nur Adli said the search and rescue operation involving various agencies including the Fire and Rescue Department, police, Civil Defence Force and local fishermen was activated shortly after a report was received.

–BERNAMA

ROMPIN – The fisherman who was reported missing three days ago was found drowned in the waters off Tanjung Atas, Pulau Tioman, today.

Rompin district police chief DSP Azli Mohd Noor said that the victim, Muhammad Faizal Mat Zin, 30, of Kampung Air Batang, Pulau Tioman, was reported missing after he we went out for fishing on Friday in waters off Tanjung Atas.

“However, the victim failed to return home and this prompted his father to lodge a police report,” he said when contacted here today.

He added that the body was found at 2.30pm today. – BERNAMA

SEREMBAN – A man who fell into the river at Kampung Pasir, here at about 3.48 pm yesterday, was found this afternoon at Kampung Sungai Solo, Taman Ekar, after being swept away for about 30km from the location where he was said to have fallen.

The Operations Officer from the Seremban Fire and Rescue Station, Rashid Ismail said the body of the victim, a 25-year-old Indian, was found at about 3.32 pm today.

“Shortly after the Fire and Rescue Station received the report, a search and rescue operation was carried out and at about 3.32 pm today, the victim was found lifeless.

“Following the discovery, the Fire Control Centre was also closed at about 4.10 pm today,” he said when contacted by Bernama, here today.

He said the body of the victim was handed over to the police for further action. – BERNAMA

BUKIT BERUNTUNG – Two more children were found drowned at about 10pm while three more are still missing after they were swept by strong currents in a river near the Sekolah Kebangsaan Cina (SKC), Bukit Beruntung today.

According to Selangor Fire and Rescue Operations assistant director, Mohd Sani Harul, the victims were identified as Mohd Ikhwan Mohd Ridhuan, 10, and Mohd Aiman Fitri Md Asmadi, 12.

He said Mohd Ikhwan was found at 9.47pm while Mohd Aiman at 10pm.

“They were found close to each other and we are hoping that the other three missing victims will be found soon.

“The operations to look for the other three missing victims is being continued tonight until they are all found,” he told reporters at the location.

Earlier, the bodies of siblings Shahrizat Abdullah, 12, and Shahrizwan Abdullah, 10, were recovered.

Police have widened their search for three more children who went missing while fishing in the river near the school in Kampung Timah here to five kilometres.

Hulu Selangor District Police Chief Supt R. Supramaniam said the search operations will be continued tonight.

“Right now, the water level in the river is low and this will make it easier for the search operations. We hope the other three victims will be found tonight,” he said.

Meanwhile Hulu Selangor Member of Parliament Datuk P. Kamalanathan, who is Deputy Education Minister who was present at the location, also extended his condolences to the families of the victims. – BERNAMA

ALOR SETAR – Abdul Amzar Azim,21, the Malaysian student who was found drowned in New Zealand today, seemed unhappy to return to the country on Feb 21.

His father, Azmi Abd Seman,49, said Amzar, who was spending a three-month holiday here since Nov, kept putting and removing his clothes from the luggage.

“On the day of his departure, Amzar did not say a word to us and did not hug and kiss as usual,” he told reporters at his house in Kampung Belukar,¬† Hutan Kampung, near here, today.

A Foreign Ministry statement today said Amzar’s body was found in Lake Karapiro, near Hamilton, at 12 noon today.

Amzar, a student of Mechanical Engineering at University of Waikato, Hamilton, was believed to have drowned while swimming in the lake yesterday.

Azmi said Amzar visited the lake frequently with friends but on that  fateful day (Feb 26), he decided to go to the lake alone.

“Usually, he did not swim in the lake. His friend told me that Amzar’s body was found at the bottom of the lake.”

The contractor said Amzar was an outstanding student who frequently scored good examination results and was obedient to his religion and parents.

Meanwhile, Amzar’s mother, Azura Bahari, 44, said the eldest of five siblings washed dishes to cover the cost of studies.

“Although he was sponsored by Mara, Amzar was frugal. If we want to send him money, he will refuse and ask us to give it to the other siblings.” – BERNAMA

BELAGA – A teacher is feared to have drowned after falling into the Rajang River in Punan Bah, about 65km downstream of the Belaga town yesterday afternoon.

Michael Usat Emang, 59, fell into the river after the boat he was travelling in with his wife, hit a log.

Belaga police chief DSP Melay Tinggom in a statement via WhatsApp today said the victim and his wife were on their way back to SK Nanga Telawan after attending a funeral in Punan Sama when the mishap occurred.

“The victim was washed away by the strong river current. His wife, however, managed to swim to safety,” Melay said.

The search and rescue operation to find the man is still ongoing with cooperation from the Belaga police force, People’s Volunteer Corps, Belaga Volunteer Fire Brigade and longhouse residents. – BERNAMA

MIRI – The second victim of a capsized boat near Pangkalan Kampung Muhibbah, Kuala Baram Lama last night was found today.

Miri Fire and Rescue Department chief Law Poh Kiong said the body of Umpon Ungat, 65, was recovered by a search and rescue team at 3.40pm not far from the location of the incident.

Earlier, the deceased’s son, Stewart Umpon, 19, was found drowned by the team at 8.22am.
They were among four people on that ill-fated boat including two men, aged 47 and 48, who managed to swim to safety.

It was reported that the fishing boat’s skipper was believed to have made a sudden turn against strong winds which caused the boat to capsize. – BERNAMA

KUANTAN – The grandfather of Nureen Ain Juwita Mohd Sharif, 10, who drowned along with two other children at a disused bauxite mining pool in Taman Sungai Karang Jaya in Beserah near here yesterday, intents to sue the parties responsible for the mining.

Aidil Omar, 78, said they should have been more responsible and filled up the pool and not abandon the place.

“I am going to sue them… I am very said because she was very close to me, she will come to my house everyday to play.

“They should have taken matters more seriously because they were mining for bauxite close to a residential area. I will be seeking legal advice before I make my next move,” he told Bernama when met at his home today.

Aidil, a retired soldier, said that he hoped that his action would serve as a lesson to those out to make a quick profit but were negligent where it comes to people;s safety.

He also urged the relevant authorities to fill up the pool with earth to prevent a recurrence of such a tragedy.

Recounting the child’s last hours, Aidil said Nureen Ain had lunch with him before asking his wife Wan Zauwiyah Wan Omar, 78, for some pocket money to buy a few things at a nearby shop at 2.30pm (yesterday).

“Later I received the shocking news that she had drowned,” he sobbed.

In the incident at 5pm yesterday, Nureen Ain and siblings Salsabila Zuhairi, 12, and Mahathir Mohamad Zuhairi, seven, drowned while playing near the pool. – BERNAMA

KUANTAN – The body of a polytechnic student in Shah Alam who was feared drowned after he disappeared while bathing with friends at Pantai Cherating Lama yesterday was found today.

Pahang Fire and Rescue Department public relations officer Anuar Hassan said the body was found at about 7.15 am about five kilometres from where the victim, in his 20s, was believed to have drowned.

The victim was bathing in the sea when friends realised him missing at about 2.15 pm yesterday and lodged a report after they failed to find him.

Following which, a search and rescue operation was mounted by the police, the Civil Defence Force, the Fire and Rescue Department and villagers. – BERNAMA

IPOH – A two-year-old girl was found drowned, after she was believed to have slipped and fell, in Sungai Gedung, Kampung Simpang Tiga, near Bidor today.

The body of Nur Liya Zafirah Yusman Rizal was found at 12.45 pm, about two kilometres from where she was believed to have slipped into the river.

Bidor Fire and Rescue station head Mohd Nadzri Abdul Razak said the girl was playing near her house when her parents realised her missing.

“The parents suspected their only child could have fallen into the river when they saw footprints of a child on the river bank and a doll belonging to their daughter in the river,” he added.

The girl’s body was then taken to Tapah Hospital. – BERNAMA