Recovered body not missing angler, says family

Search and Rescue team transporting the third body to land (Sept 11).

By Nancy Nais

LAWAS, Sept 12: Family members of Mohd Amirul Bakar, who was reported missing while fishing with two other friends at sea near Pulau Sari, said the third body found by the Marine police yesterday was not him.

In a statement by Lawas police chief, through the state Fire and Rescue Department (Bomba) operations centre, Mohd Amirul’s family members did three body identification at the hospital morgue this morning.

They said the body is not Mohd Amirul and this has prompted the search and rescue (SAR) operations to resume at 1.40pm.

On Monday, Faruk Arina Ahmad Sabri, 29, Yeu Chee Tiong, 30, and Amirul, 26, had embarked on a fishing trip to Pulau Sari.

Another friend, who owns the boat, lodged a missing person report with the police on the same day after failing to reach the victim’s mobile phone from 4pm onwards.

Yeu’s body was found on Tuesday at 8.35am, trapped in between rocks at the vicinity of Sungai Labik-Labik, while Faruk’s body was found floating near Pulau Sari Besar at 11.05pm, about 450m away from where Yew was found.

The latest development has also raised another question on the identity of the body found last night, floating about 10 nautical miles from Pulau Sari. — DayakDaily