One feared drowned, two knocked unconscious after longboat sinks in S'wak

SIBU: One person is feared drowned and two others are unconscious after the longboat they were traveling in sunk in Nanga Sungai Song near Song late Sunday (Feb 12) night.

The missing person has been identified as Gawing Mancha, 47.

The Sarawak Fire and Rescue Department, in its daily update, said the two who were unconscious were rescued from drowning by four more victims who survived in the incident.

It said that the Song Fire and Rescue Station received an emergency call from the public about the incident at 11.17pm Sunday.

A total of seven firefighters led by PB Hadie Morat were immediately dispatched to the Pekan Song Jetty.

"The caller said the victims were on their way to Pekan Song from Rumah Ekeh, Nanga Pan, Song.

"On arrival at the mouth of Sungai Song, the boat sunk. Six victims managed to save themselves while one male victim is still feared missing," he said.

He stated that one of the survivors contacted his family member (the caller) who was in Pekan Song before informing the fire department.

"Arriving at Pekan Song Jetty, the firefighters asked for help from the public who happened to be at the jetty to pick up two survivors at the mouth of Sungai Song using a boat as they were unconscious.

"The duo have been referred to the Song Health Clinic for treatment," he said.

The search and rescue (SAR) operation for the victim will begin Monday (Feb 13) morning.

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