Two drowned, two rescued in Bakun Dam boat tragedy (Updated)

MIRI: Two anglers have been found drowned, while two others were rescued after their boat capsized in the Bakun Dam reservoir in central Sarawak on Sunday (May 12).

The search-and-rescue team from the Sarawak Fire and Rescue Department found the bodies of Wahab Jambu, in his 50s, and Law Yew Ngee, in his 40s, floating in the lake located in the upper reaches of the lake.

Sarawak Bomba, in its latest update at 10.15am on Monday (May 13), said the bodies have been handed over to the police.

The two rescued were saved by nearby villagers who witnessed the incident.

"The four were on a fishing trip in the lake when their boat capsized in a location very far from the dam," said Sarawak Bomba.

The four are aged between 45 to 60.

The incident was said to have happened on late Saturday (May 11) afternoon in the upper reaches of the huge dam at a site called Batu Keling Ulu Bakun.

Bakun Dam is located in the Belaga district in the heart of central Sarawak.

The Fire and Rescue station in the nearest town of Bintulu had deployed a search-and-rescue unit after being alerted by the police in Belaga.

There is no mobile phone coverage in the upper reaches of Bakun.

There are still many scattered villages located in the deeper regions of the 64ha Bakun Dam.

The area is said to be home to the famous "Sarawak empurau", which can fetch prices of up to RM1,500 per kg.


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