JOHOR BARU: A 35-year-old man is feared to have drowned after he jumped into the Johor Straits while fishing near Kampung Tanjung Langsat, Pasir Putih here on Tuesday (Dec 15).
Seri Alam deputy OCPD Deputy Supt Shahrulanuar Mushaddat Abdullah Sani said the victim and his friend went to a fishing raft there in a wooden boat at around 12pm.
“When strong wind and currents hit, both of them decided to climb onto the fishing raft and tied their wooden boat to the platform.
“The victim then noticed the rope was detached from the platform and jumped into the water to stop the boat from drifting away, ” he said in a statement.
The victim’s attempt, however, was in vain and his friend saw him struggling to stay afloat, he added.
The friend rushed to call for help from others on the platform, but when he returned to the spot, the victim was nowhere to be seen.
Meanwhile, Pasir Gudang Fire and Rescue Department operation commander Ibrahim Omar identified the victim as Fazudin Azuardi Ismadi.
He said his team was working with the police and marine authorities to conduct surface search around a 1km radius from where the victim was last seen.