Man feared drowned after being swept away on boat in Kinabatangan river

KOTA KINABALU: A man is feared drowned after the boat he was on was swept away by strong currents at the Ulu Segama River in Kinabatangan on Tuesday (May 21).

The victim, identified as Lee Boon Sin, who was on a boat with two others, was believed to be installing steel cables when the boat got swept away.

Sabah Fire and Rescue Department operations centre assistant chief Riki Mohan Singh Ramday said they received a distress call at 12.04pm.

A team led by Senior Fire Officer II Zia Hairil Shah Hamzah was immediately dispatched to the scene some 60km from the Kinabatangan Fire and Rescue Station.

"Initial information revealed that three people were on a boat to install steel cables, but the boat was swept away due to a strong current.

"Two people managed to save themselves, while one victim was reported missing," he said, adding they have activated the search and rescue operation.

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