MMEA briefs S'pore consul-general, family members of missing kayakers on SAR mission

An MMEA officer conducting a briefing session on the SAR ops to search for the missing Singaporeans in Johor Baru on Sunday.

JOHOR BARU: The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) conducted a briefing for Singapore consul-general in Johor Baru Rajpal Singh on updates in the search-and-rescue mission for two Singaporeans who have been missing since Thursday (Aug 8).

The briefing at Penyabong Jetty on Sunday (Aug 11) was also attended by family members of the victims including the wife of Tan Eng Soon, 62 as well as the husband of Puah Geok Tin, 57.

The victims were believed to have drifted from a group of 13 other Singaporens who were kayaking around the islands in Endau at about 5.40pm on Thursday.

Johor MMEA director First Admiral (Maritime) Aminuddin Abdul Rashid said a team of 50 people has been mobilised for the search-and-rescue mission, which was activated on Friday (Aug 9).

"The air search has been expanded to 500 square nautical miles north of Pulau Seri Buat to northwest of Pulau Tioman.

"We have also deployed an aircraft and three marine boats, assisted by one police boat as well as three local fishing vessels, " he said.

He also urged the public to observe all safety guidelines outlined including wearing safety vests and taking note of storm updates before taking part in any water activities.


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