by Nancy Nais
MIRI, June 3: The Search and Rescue (SAR) operation for an elderly man, 73, who was reported missing in the rural interior of Long Moh in Long Lama has entered its fifth day.
It was understood that the man did not inform his family members before going out on May 27.
Marudi Fire and Rescue Department (Bomba) mounted the SAR operation after receiving the missing person report lodged by his son on May 29.
On May 30, a team of four Marudi firefighters led by John Anyie began a 10-hour drive to Long Slaan at 6.30am using a four-wheel drive (4WD) vehicle.
This was followed by a longboat journey from Long Slaan to Long Moh where the victim’s village is located.
According to Bomba operations centre, yesterday’s SAR team which included police, People’s Volunteer Corps (Rela) and villagers were divided into three teams covering jungle areas within a radius 7-10km from the village, using sweep search and ‘cross the grain’ methods.
They also search around Sg Karing, Sg Anau, Sg Moh, Sg Baram and Liok island, including an area where footprints were seen.
It was understood that the SAR team will be staying at the village until the end of operations.
Due to poor telecommunication access, the SAR team is using the Long Moh Health Clinic Wi-fi services to stay connected with relevant authorities and submit their daily reports. — DayakDaily