SAR underway for driver of vehicle spotted sinking into Sarawak River

The vehicle sinking into the Sarawak River as two men in a boat attempt to provide assistance to the occupant.

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By Nancy Nais

KUCHING, Feb 24: A search and rescue (SAR) operation is currently underway after a vehicle was spotted sinking beneath the waters of the Sarawak River near the Satok suspension bridge this morning.

As of 12.40pm, divers have located the vehicle near the ramp and are now attempting to do a second dive.


Eyewitness Boniface Jongsin, 24, a river cleaner who happened to be on the other side of the river saw the incident which occurred at about 10.30am.

“I immediately took my boat to the location, in an attempt to rescue the victim. I saw one person in the car. The vehicle’s windows were closed and I kept knocking, telling the person to get put. However the victim waved their hand and refused to be rescued. Within a minute or two, the vehicle had sunk,” Boniface told DayakDaily.

He was unsure if the person in the vehicle was a male or female.

Boniface Jongsin (right) saw the incident happen and attempted with another man to rescue the vehicle’s occupant.

The Fire and Rescue Department was alerted of the incident and immediately deployed a team of firefighters from the Padungan station to the scene.

Another team of firefighters from the department’s water rescue unit (PPDA) was also deployed.

Firefighters and divers preparing to undertake an underwater search for the missing vehicle and occupant.
Firefighters and divers preparing to undertake an underwater search for the missing vehicle and occupant.

More to come.

— DayakDaily