No sign of vehicle that plunged into Kemena river

Divers from Fire and Rescue Department (Bomba) Bintulu trying to locate a vehicle that fell into Kemena river

By Nancy Nais

BINTULU, Dec 1: Rescuers have yet to locate a vehicle reported plunged into the crocodile infested Kemena river today.

After a full day of search and rescue operations (SAR) which include firefighters from Water Rescue Unit (PPDA), operations commander TPgB Christus Buson said they will resume tomorrow.

Today’s surface search using grappling hook was divided into two sectors, spanning 1km radius along the river to detect the vehicle.

Last night (Nov 30), eyewitness reported seeing a vehicle plunged into the river from the Public Road Department (JKR) Wharf.


Bintulu firefighters responded to the emergency call at 8.03pm.

SAR operation was immediately mounted despite rescuers facing hindrance as the location is a crocodile infested river, while they urgently tried to locate the vehicle.

On top of that, it is also risky for divers to conduct a night operation due to the strong river currents.

However, firefighters continued with the operation by using a grappling hook on surface search, assisted by the locals using their boats.

Based on information from witness, the vehicle’s passenger is likely to still be inside. — DayakDaily