MMEA recovers body of man who fell from Penang Bridge

GEORGE TOWN: The body of a man who was reported to have fallen into the sea from the Penang Bridge on May 16 has been found.

Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency’s (MMEA) Penang director Abd Razak Mohamed said the body of the individual was found floating near the waters of Pulau Rimau at about 9.40am on Wednesday (May 18).

"The Maritime Search and Rescue (Carilamat) operation which had entered the third day had stopped after the Penang State Maritime Operations Center received a call from the Prai Police Station informing of the discovery by a local fisherman about 2.3 nautical miles southwest of Rimau Island.

"The Perkasa 1221 boat as well as assets from other agencies involved were moved to the discovery location.

"The victim's body was brought by the RH 35 marine police boat to the Batu Uban marine police jetty for identification and sanitation by the Health Ministry.

"The body was then taken to the Penang Hospital for further action," he said in a statement on Wednesday.

Abd Razak expressed his appreciation and thanks to the Batu Uban Marine Police Force, the Fire and Rescue Department and the Civil Defense Agency who participated in assisting in the operation.

"The Carilamat operation which entered its third day with the division of five search sectors with an area of 34.08 square nautical miles ended at 1pm.

"MMEA would like to advise the public not to take such hasty steps if they encounter any problems and consult the relevant parties in finding the best solution.

"The public is requested to report any findings and report any emergencies or accidents at sea on the 24-hour MERS 999 emergency line or the Penang Maritime Operations Center at 04-262 6146," he said.

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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