MELAKA: A 26-year-old man dies hours after going missing in a mangrove forest at Kampung Air Tawar in Merlimau here while in search of "red chut-chut" snails.
Melaka Fire and Rescue Department's public relation officer Soon We Kiang said the search and rescue operation was launched at 1.50pm on Friday (April 16) to look for the victim and he was found unconscious deep inside the forest, a few hours later.
The victim was believed to have entered the forest on Thursday(April 15) before a distress call was made to the rescuers when he failed to return home.
Soon said the victim was declared dead by health authorities.
The cause of death is still yet to be determined.
The snails are a common delicacy for locals living along the coast of the state.
The snails which scientifically known as Cerithidea Obtusa is often cooked as a traditional dish by mixing with dried chilli and soy sauce.