Search team uses remote underwater vehicle in hunt for missing rescuer


  • Nation
  • Sunday, 10 Feb 2019

KUALA TERENGGANU (Bernama): Search-and-rescue operations for angler Abdul Bari Asyraf Mohd, 31, who was lost and feared drowned after saving four passengers in a four-wheel drive (4WD) vehicle that plunged into Sungai Terengganu, near Pulau Warisan, last night continued Saturday (Feb 9) night using a remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV).

Terengganu Fire and Rescue department director Azlimin Mat Noor said the search operations covered 2km on Saturday night using seven boats from various security agencies such as the police and the Civil Defence Force.

“We are using two methods for the operations, which is using the ROV, which we lowered to a depth of 7.3m around the Marine Police jetty to search at the riverbed level.

“We are using the boats for the diving and search operations on the surface with the divers divided into four groups,” he told reporters at the location here Saturday night.

He said the use of the ROV would hopefully hasten the process of looking for the victim who has yet to be found 24 hours after the incident occurred.

“If we fail to find the victim tonight, the operations will be continued tomorrow with the help of K9 tracker dogs brought from the head office in Putrajaya," he said.

He added that the operations Saturday continued until 1am and would resume at 8am Sunday (Feb 10) if the victim was still not found.

Meanwhile, Terengganu deputy police chief Datuk Alauddin Abdul Majid said Abdul Bari could have suffered cramps after rescuing the four occupants of the 4WD.

Abdul Bari is believed to be the first person to dive into the river to attempt to rescue the occupants of the vehicle.

“In the process of saving them, he might have been in the river too long and suffered from cramps (and was unable to swim back,” Alauddin told Bernama at the site.

Besides Adbul Bair, four other passers-by tried to rescue the occupants of the 4WD in the incident that occurred at 9.30pm Friday (Feb 8).

Alauddin said the Kuala Terengganu City Council would be asked to fence the area to improve security and also install warning sighs so that such incidents did not recur.

“Visitors are also advised to be more attentive and cautious of their safety,” he said. - Bernama

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