Body of man believed missing in boat tragedy recovered

KOTA TINGGI: The body of a man, believed to be the victim of a capsized boat incident in Teluk Ramunia, Pengerang, near here last Thursday, was found about five nautical miles southwest of Singapore’s Changi Naval Base.

Johor Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency director First Admiral Nurul Hizam Zakaria said the Johor Baru Maritime Rescue Sub Centre was notified by Singapore authorities of the discovery of the body on Saturday.

“The body is believed to have drifted 17.7 nautical miles from the location where the boat capsized,” he was quoted as saying by Bernama.

“Based on the identity documents found, the victim, who is an Indonesian citizen, aged 39, is believed to have died more than two days ago.

“He is believed to be one of the three victims who went missing in the incident,” he said in a statement.

First Admiral Nurul Hizam also said Ops Carilamat, which entered its fourth day, continued with the sea search covering an area of ​​54 square nautical miles and along 20km of the coastal area.

He said the operation involved a total of 76 officers and personnel from various agencies, including the Royal Malaysia Police, Royal Malaysian Navy, Fire and Rescue Department, Civil Defence Force and the maritime community.

In the 4.50am incident, a wooden boat carrying 27 illegal immigrants believed to be from Tanjung Tondang, Bintan, Indonesia, capsized about a nautical mile from Teluk Ramunia.

Five Indonesian women drowned while 19 others, comprising 10 women and nine men, survived.

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