Copter tragedy: Victim from Serian to be sent back for burial on April 25

KUCHING: The late Able Seaman I Joanna Felicia Rohna, who perished in the crash of two Navy helicopters in Lumut, is expected to be buried at Kampung Engkaroh Tebakang in Serian on Thursday (April 25) morning.

Her body is expected to be brought to the village on Wednesday (April 24) evening.

Joanna's uncle, Bateh Mangkok, 65, said over 20 villagers held a gotong-royong on Wednesday to prepare the burial site at Kampung Engkaroh's Christian cemetery.

"We have completed our preparations for the burial site. We are now waiting for the body to arrive from Perak to Kuching and then to the village," he said.

Bateh said a prayer service would be held for Joanna at his younger sibling's home on Wednesday night.

"We will gather there for people to pay their last respects and hold prayers for her.

"The burial will be held tomorrow morning," he said.

Bateh also said he was grieving Joanna's tragic loss, along with her entire family.

"This was such a sudden and shocking incident. We are all very sad," he said.

Joanna, who was married with two children, was one of three women killed in the crash on Tuesday (April 23), which also claimed the lives of seven other Navy personnel.

She came from Kampung Sumpas Tampek in Serian but will be buried at Kampung Engkaroh, her husband's village.

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