Joint SAR op resumes for missing man in Kuala Serupai waters

MMEA Bintulu personnel is seen scoping the sea in Kuala Serupai in Tatau, in search for the missing man.

Bintulu, Jan 2: A joint Search and Rescue (SAR) operation for a missing person in Kuala Serupai in Tatau resumed for the second day, covering 150 nautical miles of search area, and 10 kilometre radius from the shoreline.

According to Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) Bintulu Zone acting director Commander Maritime Effendy Mohamed Fadil, the SAR efforts which started at 7 am today, was also conducted in the coastal area between Serupai river and Kuala Tatau.

“Among the MMEA assets involved in the operation today are KM JEPAK, Kilat 43 boat, besides assets from the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM), Marine Police, Fire and Rescue Department (Bomba) and Malaysian Armed Forces (ATM).

“As such, we continue to station the “Pengkalan Hadapan Carilamat” (PHC) in front of the house of the victim’s parents in Kuala Tatau,” he said in a statement today.

Effendy added, the sea and weather condition at the location today has improved compared to yesterday, and is expected to last until the evening. This will help to facilitate the SAR operation, that involved a total of 40 personnel together with the local folks.

On the same note, MMEA Bintulu also advised the maritime community, especially in Bintulu to always prioritise safety by wearing a safety jacket when going out to the sea, given the prevailing unfavourable weather condition at sea. — DayakDaily