Body of man whose car plunged into river in Sibu found, victim identified as SMC councillor

The car is lifted using a hydraulic crane from the river after it was found by SAR personnel.

SIBU, May 27: The body of a Sibu Municipal Council (SMC) councillor who is feared to have drowned after the car he was driving plunged into the river in front of a hotel has been found at 3pm today.

Sibu Central Fire and Rescue Department (Bomba) Station chief Suna Kahar said family members of the deceased have successfully identified the body belonging to that of Andy Ting King Dieng.

Ting was a SMC councillor. He leaves behind his wife and two children.

“We managed to find the car embedded in the river at about 2.45pm and later used a crane to lift it up. We have handed over the body to the police for further action,” he said.

Suna said the car was found 20m away from where it plunged into the water.

The victim’s family members which include his parents, brother and sister have been at the scene last night to follow the search and rescue (SAR) operation.

The white Mercedes was lifted up using a hydraulic crane.

It was reported earlier that a guest of the hotel facing the river informed the receptionists that he saw the car being driven at high speed, ramming into the metal railing.

The car subsequently plunged into the river. The deceased had earlier sent the man to the hotel to be checked-in.

Bomba confirmed that it had received a distress call on the incident at 12.40am and immediately dispatched six fire fighters to the scene for the SAR operation.