Remains of drowned Sabahan Bomba diver to be flown to hometown

KOTA KINABALU: One of the six firemen who died during a search and rescue operation in a disused mining pool at Taman Putra Perdana, Puchong on Wednesday (Oct 3) night is expected to be buried at his village in Tawau on Thursday (Oct 4) night.

The remains of Mazlan Omarbaki, 25, is scheduled to be sent back from Kuala Lumpur on a 2.40pm flight and is expected to arrive at the Tawau Airport by 5.30pm.

Tawau Fire and Rescue Department chief Ismadi Ismail said preparations were being done to receive Mazlan's remains and a final tribute will be paid to the fireman.

"Our team from here will be receiving his body and sending it back to the family at Kg Tinagat Tawau," he said when contacted.

From left: Mazlan Omarbaki, Izatul Akma Wan Ibrahim and Mohd Fatah Hashim

Mazlan's body will first be sent to the surau for funeral prayers before his burial at a nearby Muslim cemetery in the village.

Mazlan had been serving at the Water Rescue Team (PPDA) of the Port Klang Fire and Rescue station.

His family are also preparing to receive his body and are in the midst of gathering all relatives for his burial tonight.

Mazlan's mother Asmah Abdalis said she found out about the death of her son, who is not married, from his colleagues.

From left: Yahya Ali, Muhammad Hifdzul Malik Shaari and Adnan Othman

She said the fourth of six siblings had been working in the Fire Department for six years and he had always enjoyed his job.

She, however, broke down and could not say much after that.

The other rescue divers who drowned when conducting an SAR operation at 9.15pm on Wednesday (Oct 3) for a teenager who fell into the disused mining pool were Mohd Fatah Hashim, 34, Izatul Akma Wan Ibrahim, 32, and Yahya Ali, 24, from the Water Rescue Team (PPDA) of the Port Klang Fire and Rescue station.

The other two victims, identified as Adnan Othman, 33, and Muhammad Hifdzul Malik Shaari, 25, were members of PPDA team from the Shah Alam Fire and Rescue station.

The victims hailed from Negri Sembilan, Sabah, Sarawak, Pahang and Kelantan.