Body of 20yo man with disability found by villagers after going missing while retrieving fishing traps

The body of the victim was retrieved by Bomba personnel on June 8, 2023.

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BINTANGOR, June 8: The body of a 20-year-old man with disability, who was feared drowned while retrieving fishing traps at Sungai Stubah was found floating approximately 500 metres downstream from where he went missing by villagers.

Fire and Rescue Department (Bomba) Sarawak reported that the body was found by longhouse villagers who happened to be passing through the river at around 1.05pm today.

Upon the discovery, the Bomba search and rescue team retrieved the body.

After the family members identified the victim, the body was subsequently handed over to the police at 1.45 pm.

The victim was identified as Jackson Janang.

A three-member team led by PPgB Nicholas Bebulin conducted a search, covering a distance of one kilometre both upstream and downstream before the body was found.

The man, who has a history of epilepsy went missing yesterday (June 7) after venturing to the river near Rh Balah, Sungai Stubah to retrieve fishing traps.

Concerns arose when villagers found an empty boat in the river, raising the possibility that the victim may have fallen off the boat and gone missing.

Yesterday, a total of 28 villagers using eight boats, actively participated in the search operation alongside the Bomba team. — DayakDaily