Car plunges into Kemena River, Bintulu

Firefighters are seen holding a grappling hook in efforts to try to locate the vehicle that plunged into the Kemena River this evening (Nov 30, 2020).

KUCHING, Nov 30: Crocodile infested river posed a hindrance for firefighters as they urgently tried to locate a vehicle that fell into the Kemena River in Bintulu this evening.

The State Fire and Rescue Department (Bomba) operation centre, in a statement, said Bintulu fire station responded to the incident report, received at 8.03 pm, with nine firefighters, led by PBK II Stephen Plan.

“Operation commander reported that, based on the information from the witness, the car plunged into the river from the Public Road Department (JKR) Wharf, and the vehicle’s passenger is likely to still be inside the vehicle.

The local folks are seen assisting the firefighters using their boat during the operation.

“However, operation commanders are still considering whether to conduct a night diving operation, due to the river being infested with crocodiles and the swift river currents,” it said.

The statement noted, firefighters are currently continuing with the operation to locate the vehicle by using a grappling hook, assisted by the locals using their boats.

“It could not be confirmed how many victims were involved and the type of the vehicle,” it added. –DayakDaily.