Search called off for missing hunter in Nanga Merit

Search and rescue operations underway for the missing man at Nanga Merit, Kapit.

By Nancy Nais

KAPIT, May 3: The search and rescue (SAR) operation for a 50-year-old man who has gone missing after he left for a hunting trip in the jungle near Rh Tiso, Nanga Merit has been called off.

According to Kapit Fire and Rescue Department (Bomba), the man has been missing for seven days.

He left his longhouse to go hunting on April 27 but never returned home. His wife lodged a police report on April 29 after family members and fellow villagers failed to locate him.

A SAR operation was immediately launched by Bomba, police and Civil Defence Force (APM) personnel.

The journey from Kapit town to Nanga Merit takes about two hours on four-wheel-drive vehicles.

Search and rescue operations underway for the missing man at Nanga Merit, Kapit.

“On May 1, SAR operations covered an area of 10km radius from Rh Tiso up to Sungai Lungun. The next day, search operations in the jungle stretched as far as 20km radius covering hills and Sungai Merit. However, they could not find the victim.

“As the search entered its seventh day, family members, Bomba, police, and APM agreed to call it off until there are new signs. We’ve also asked the family to inform us if there are new developments,” Kapit fire station chief Erwandy Tugor revealed in a statement. — DayakDaily