GEORGE TOWN: The search-and-recovery team put on standby at the Marine Police base in Batu Uban to retrieve the sports utility vehicle that plunged into the sea from the Penang Bridge were surprised when a police boat brought back the semi-conscious body of a 33-year-old man.
The man, whose identity has not been released, is believed to have fallen off the Sultan Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah Bridge (the new Penang bridge) at KM2.2 on Tuesday (Jan 22).
The victim was clad in a black coat, white shirt and black pants.
It was a fisherman beneath the bridge who noticed a splash and rushed to recover the victim at about 9.30am, and the Marine Police on standby were quickly alerted of the incident.
"We arrived at the scene in 15 minutes and took the victim from the fisherman," said Marine Police Region 1 commander ACP Rosman Ismail who was overseeing the search-and-recovery operation for missing SUV driver Moey Yun Peng.
The SUV plunged into the sea after a collision with a black car at 2.54am on Sunday (Jan 20).
The wreckage was submerged at a depth of 15m, about 15m away from where it crashed through the barrier, with efforts to recover the vehicle called off on Monday (Jan 21) due to bad weather conditions.