Bomba Marudi makes 150km river journey to begin search for missing Baram man

The Bomba SAR team led by Sim (left) preparing to depart from Marudi to Sungai Besanan, Sg Tutoh Mulu, a 150km journey via river.

by Nancy Nais

MIRI, June 3: A villager has gone missing after leaving his farm house near Sg Besanan, Sg Tutoh Mulu in Baram on May 31.

According to the Fire and Rescue Department (Bomba), it was understood that the missing man, 51, and his brother, 32, were resting at their family farm house.

At about 2.30pm, the man told his younger brother that he wanted to check on an animal trap in the jungle which he had set up earlier.

However, by 6pm, he had not returned to the farm house, prompting his brother and another family member to search for him in the vicinity of the farm house until 1am the next day.

A missing person report was lodged at Mulu police station on June 2 after his family and villagers failed to locate the missing man.

Marudi Bomba was also informed of the incident. A discussion followed, and a Search and Rescue (SAR) operation was launched together with the police.

The Bomba SAR team led by Maureen Sim and five other firefighters departed Marudi at 7am, today.

As Sg Tutoh Mulu is located deep in the interior and is only accessible by boat or air, the 150km journey on river to reach the site will take approximately six hours, depending on weather and river conditions.

According to Sim, the SAR team will be based at one of the farm houses nearest to the scene where the missing man was last seen until the end of operations.

Since there is no telecommunication access in the locality, the SAR team will be relying on a walkie-talkie set borrowed from Mulu National Park to stay connected with the relevant authorities. — DayakDaily