KUALA TERENGGANU: The remains of a fisherman who went missing after a storm near Pulau Perhentian have been found.
Fishermen who aided in the search and rescue (SAR) efforts headed by the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) found Mohd Shairil Ibrahim’s remains at around 10.15am today about a nautical mile away from where his fishing vessel had capsized.
SAR chief at the Maritime Rescue Sub Centre (MRSC) in Kuantan said the remains of the 35-year-old fisherman from Pasir Putih was brought back to the Kuala Besut jetty at around 3pm.
“The remains have been handed over to the police for further action and we officially ended SAR operations at 4pm,” he said.
The deceased was identified by his shipmate and fellow fisherman, Mohd Saupi Ibrahim and was taken to Hospital Besut for post-mortem.
On Monday (July 16), the fishermen’s vessel capsized about seven nautical miles off the south of Pulau Perhentian as they headed towards Pulau Lang Tengah.
Both men immediately abandoned ship but Mohd Shairil swam back to the sinking boat to retrieve his bag.
The 57-year-old Mohd Saupi tried to swim for dry land before he was rescued by another fishing vessel on Tuesday and later reported the incident at around 7.30pm.