Firefighters rescue man who fell into sea from second Penang Bridge


GEORGE TOWN: A 34-year-old man who had allegedly fallen off the Sultan Abdul Halim Muadzam Shah Bridge here has been rescued by firefighters.

Penang Fire and Rescue Department fire operations and safety officer Nafis Ariff Abdullah said they received a distress call at around 4.15am on Wednesday (May 5).

“When the Fire and Rescue team arrived at the scene, it was found that a man had fallen into the sea from the bridge at KM15 from the island heading towards the mainland.

“The firefighters could see the victim from the bridge and we saw that he had left his van on the bridge.

“He seemed to be in a state of shock and two firefighters were winched down on a rope to rescue him.

“The operation was also assisted by several auxiliary policemen on the bridge.

“At around 6.40am, the victim was successfully rescued and brought up to the bridge using a rope through the hauling system," Nafis said in a statement Wednesday.

He added that the victim was then handed over to the police for further action and said the operation ended at around 7.25am Wednesday.

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