SAR launched for missing Indonesian man feared drown in Muara Payang

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KUCHING, Dec 7: A Search and Rescue (SAR) operation was launched by the Sarikei fire station today, together with Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) and the Malaysian Civil Defence Force (APM) to locate an Indonesian man feared drowned in Muara Payang, Sarikei.

The Sarawak Fire and Rescue Department (Bomba) in a statement revealed it received a report regarding the incident from the Sarikei police station at 7.36pm yesterday, that 25-year-old Heriayanshah, who worked as an electrician in Sibu, has yet to be found after the boat he was on capsized in Muara Payang.

“The SAR operation began at 7am today, starting with a surface searching method within a one-kilometer radius of the location where the boat had capsized,” the statement read.

According to the police report which was distributed with the said statement, the incident occurred at 5pm yesterday, when a boat carrying two local men and the missing man, heading towards Muara Payang from Sarikei town, capsized after being hit by a wave from a passing ship.

“The two local men were saved by local fisherman who happened to pass by the area and saw their boat sinking,” the statement added.

A team of six firefighters from the Sarikei fire station, led by PBK I Salim Hussain were deployed to the location, joined by seven police personnel and five APM personnel. — DayakDaily