GELANG PATAH: The body of the missing Bangladeshi port worker has been discovered about 20 metres away from the last spot where he was believed to have fallen into the sea.
Iskandar Puteri Fire station chief Mohd Khairi Zainuddin said the victim’s body was found by the Port of Tanjung Pelepas (PTP) employees at 6.32pm on Wednesday (Oct 4).
"The operation was temporarily stopped at 3.15pm due to strong wind and rough sea conditions which could pose risk to the search and rescue (SAR) team," he said in a statement.
Mohd Khairi said the operation resumed at 6.18pm when the sea conditions returned to normal and the victim’s body was found afloat about 14 minutes later.
He said the 35-year-old victim identified as Miah Mohd Ujjal had fallen 6.09 meter into the sea while working on board a ship docked at the port near here.
Mohd Khairi said the Iskandar Puteri Fire station received an emergency call on the missing port worker believed to have plunged into the sea on Wednesday (Oct 4) and 11.20am.
He said 24 firemen from the Iskandar Puteri and Skudai Fire stations including three divers, a Fire Rapid Tender (FRT) vehicle, a Hilux Utility Truck, a fibre boat and a utility lorry.
"The victim’s body has been handed over to police for further action," said Mohd Khairi, adding the operation ended at 9.10pm.