Missing Asajaya fisherman found, 12 days later

The body of missing fisherman Hamzah Dipi from Asajaya was found in Lundu 12 days later.

By Nancy Nais

KUCHING, Apr 16: The body of a fisherman reported missing in Asajaya 12 days ago was finally found in Lundu, about 80 nautical miles away.

The victim, 49-year-old Hamzah Dipi, from Kampung Sebandi Ulu in Asajaya was understood to have gone out to the sea on April 4, at 1am.

Villagers found his boat and fishing equipment adrift at about 3 nautical miles away, at 8am.

Search and Rescue (SAR) operations were immediately launched for Hamzah by Fire and Rescue department Asajaya, together with Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (APMM) and local villagers.

After six days SAR, operations were suspended as there were no new signs of Hamzah’s location.

According to APMM statement, they received a call from Asajaya fire station chief Mosli Salim at 8.30pm yesterday stating that villagers found a body wedged in between the rocks at Pandan Beach in Lundu at about 5.15pm.

“The body was handed over to the police for further action. A family member of Hamzah in Asajaya was informed and asked to go to Sarawak General Hospital forensic unit for body identification.

“The victim’s family confirmed that the body found in Lundu was the missing fisherman from Asajaya, based on the clothing he was wearing,” the statement said.—DayakDaily

Location map of where Hamzah Dipi was last seen and found.