Floating body could be missing Indian national

A body found at the river near Kampung Tebaang, Daro, thought to be that of the missing Indian national.

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KUCHING, Dec 18: A body, thought to be that of missing Indian national Venkatesh Sumanth, has been found at the river along Kampung Tebaang, Daro.

According to the state Fire and Rescue Department (Bomba), the body was found by members of the public near a sand barge at 2.45pm today.

The Bomba operations centre despatched a team from the Daro fire station to retrieve the body upon receiving the alert.

At the same time, the department will continue its search and rescue (SAR) operations at Batang Lebaan, Sibu, the initial location where the 21-year-old victim was first reported missing on Sunday (Dec 15).

“The identification of the body will be carried out tomorrow (Dec 19),” according to Bomba operations centre in a statement.

Venkatesh was working on a sand dredging boat when he was reported missing along Batang Lebaan early Sunday (Dec 15) morning. According to his colleagues, the sailor was last seen on the boat on Saturday night at 10pm.

Bomba launched its SAR operations after receiving a missing person’s report from the captain of the vessel the victim was working on. — DayakDaily