JOHOR BARU: The authorities have found a body approximately five nautical miles off Kuala Kemaman in Terengganu, which they believe is that of one of the two Singaporeans who went missing while kayaking in Endau waters near Mersing in Johor last week.
Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) Mersing zone director Commander Haris Fadzillah Abdullah said the body was discovered by local fishermen east of Kuala Kemaman.
"The body was fully clothed with a life jacket strapped on it, and it was found floating in the sea by local fishermen. The body has yet to be identified and the search and rescue team are currently trying to bring it back to shore, " he said in a statement on Wednesday (Aug 14).
He added that the location where the body was found is about 100 nautical miles away from where the two Singaporeans were last seen on Thursday (Aug 8).
It was earlier reported that two Singaporeans, identified as Tan Eng Soon, 62, and Puah Geok Tin, 57, have been missing after drifting away from a group of 13 other Singaporeans who were kayaking with them around the Endau islands at about 5.40pm on Thursday.
A search and rescue mission involving one aircraft and three marine boats covering some 150 nautical miles was activated on Friday (Aug 9) in search of the two missing Singaporeans.
The search was later widened to 900 nautical miles involving three aircraft, nine boats and at least 122 individuals.
On Tuesday (Aug 13), a kayak believed to belong to the missing Singaporeans along with several personal belongings of the victims were found off Tanjung Gelang, Kuantan.