Search for Singaporean kayaker called off

JOHOR BARU: The search and rescue (SAR) operation for a Singaporean man who went missing on Aug 8 while on a kayaking expedition in Mersing was called off after rescuers failed to come up with new leads.

Johor maritime director Maritime First Admiral Aminuddin Abdul Rashid said the search would resume if there were new leads.“The operation ended because there have been no new leads since the body of the woman victim was found on Aug 14,” he said.Aminuddin also urged the maritime community and members of the public to always prioritise safety when out at sea, such as checking the weather forecast and following the relevant rules.

He said the 10-day SAR operation covered searches from the air, in the sea, along the shores and on islands involving 155 personnel, and five air and 11 maritime assets from various agencies at a cost of RM431,380.

Puah Geok Tin, 57, and Tan Eng Soon, 62, were reported missing in rough sea conditions after they got separated from their 13 friends while kayaking in Mersing waters.

The body of Singaporean Puah was found about five nautical miles east of Kuala Kemaman, Terengganu, on Aug 14 while Tan is still missing. — Bernama

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