Penang MMEA halts search for missing man

GEORGE TOWN: The search and rescue (SAR) operation for a man who is feared to have drowned after falling off the Sultan Abdul Halim Muadzam Shah Bridge on Monday (Nov 22) has been called off.

The Penang branch of the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) director Capt Abd Razak Mohamed said the decision was made after deliberating with the Maritime Rescue Sub Centre (MRSC) Langkawi and other agencies during the third day of the SAR operation.

“The SAR operations ended on Wednesday (Nov 24) after there was no clue in the search perimeter of the operation that covered about 56.07 nautical miles overall,” he said in a statement on Wednesday (Nov 24).

Capt Abd Razak said the operation was called off at 7.30pm and involved assets from MMEA, marine police, Fire and Rescue Department and Civil Defence Force.

However, he said the search will be continued if there is a new lead on the whereabouts of the victim.

Capt Abd Razak thanked the media for the cooperation and highlighting the SAR operation.

In the 4.40am incident, a 39-year-old man from Kuala Lumpur is believed to have abandoned his car and his personal belongings before jumping off from Sultan Abdul Halim Muadzam Shah Bridge.

A SAR operation was then activated by the MMEA to locate the victim.

Those suffering from problems can reach out to: Mental Health Psychosocial Support Service (03-2935 9935 or 014-322 3392); Talian Kasih (15999 or WhatsApp 019-261 5999); Jakim’s Family, Social and Community care centre (WhatsApp 0111-959 8214); and Befrienders Kuala Lumpur (03-7627 2929 or a full list of numbers and operating hours).

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