Penang ferry passenger feared drowned after falling into the sea (updated)


(BRIEF CAPTION): A view of the haze in George Town from the ferry./Picby:CHAN BOON KAI/The Star/28 June 2019.

GEORGE TOWN: A 47-year-old man is feared to have drowned after falling off a ferry that was departing from Butterworth to Penang island.

North Seberang Prai OCPD Asst Comm Noorzainy Mohd Noor said the victim had fallen off the ferry at around 6.15pm Monday (July 1).

“According to a witness who was travelling on another ferry, the gender and ethnicity of the victim could not be ascertained..

“However, investigations from an operations officer on the ferry recovered a car registered under a 73-year-old woman that was left in the ferry.

“A search-and-rescue operation will begin at 8am Tuesday (July 2) led by the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM), Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA), Malaysia Civil Defence Force (JPAM) and the marine police,” ACP Noorzainy said.

He added that the police had identified the victim as Tham Kok Keong, 47. but he has not been found yet.

Meanwhile, MMEA said they received a report at around 7.20pm from the Maritime Rescue Sub Centre Langkawi that a passenger was believed to have fallen off the ferry.

The position of the victim cannot be determined but it is believed that the victim is about 10 minutes off shore from Butterworth.

Those in need of someone to talk to can call the Befrienders KL at 03-7956 8145, or 04-281 5161/1108 in Penang, or 05-547 7933/7955 in Ipoh.
   

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