MIRI: Two avid anglers died while two others were rescued when the boat they were in capsized in the Bakun Dam reservoir in central Sarawak.
Officers from the state Fire and Rescue Department found the bodies of Wahab Jambu, in his 50s, and Law Yew Ngee, in his 40s, floating in the upper reaches of the lake.
In its latest update, the department said the remains of both victims had been handed over to the police.
“Two others in the boat were rescued.
“All four of them, aged between 45 and 60, were on a fishing trip when their boat capsized in a location that was deep in on Saturday,” it said.
The incident happened near the Batu Keling Ulu Bakun site.
Villagers who witnessed the incident managed to rescue two of the victims.
Bakun Dam is located in the Belaga district in the heart of central Sarawak.
The department said a search and rescue unit from Bintulu fire station was deployed to the scene on Sunday after being alerted by the police.
“Bintulu is about four hours by road to the entrance of Bakun Dam.
“To reach the site of the tragedy, the team needed another four hours by boat,” it said.
Due to the location, there was no telecommunication coverage.
The 64,000ha Bakun Dam reservoir has many scattered islands in its deep interior.
These sites are a haven for anglers as many big fish, including the famous ‘Sarawak empurau’ which can fetch up to RM1,500 per kg, can be found there.