TANJUNG MALIM: The search radius in the mission to locate an eight-year-old child who is feared to have drowned in the river near Teratak River View Lubuk Hantu, Simpang Empat, here has been extended up to 9km from the scene of the incident.
Tanjung Malim Fire and Rescue Station operations chief Zairul Fahmi Mohd Nazari said the search-and-rescue (SAR) mission, which entered its fourth day, resumed at 8am Tuesday (June 6).
"Today, we will focus on that distance by using water surface searching, dives, river bank searching techniques as we concentrate on the banks of the river with the help of two tracker dogs and three personnel," he told Bernama when met at the scene.
Zairul Fahmi said in total 49 people and two tracker dogs are involved in the SAR, of which 26 are firefighters from the Tanjung Malim Fire and Rescue Station (BBP) and its Water Rescue Team (PPDA).
"This operation is being assisted by seven policemen, three members from Malaysian Rescue Team equipped with drones and seven members of the Malaysian Civil Defence Force, including six members of the Kampung Slim Voluntary Fire Brigade (PBS)," he said.
The victim Edward Grang Anak Beard from Sarawak was at the location camping with his family and should have returned home on the evening of the incident.
On Saturday (June 3), the fire department received a distress call about the victim who was feared drowned while bathing in the river. He wore a black swimsuit with green spots when he went missing at 5.06pm Saturday. - Bernama