Diver drowns while working on seabed


CHUKAI: A diver is believed to have drowned while working on the seabed at Pantai Geliga near here.

Kemaman police chief Supt Hanyan Ramlan said the victim was identified as Muhammad Aiman Zambri, 25, from Kampung Kubur Tok Panjang, Kemaman.

He said the victim’s body was found floating by his colleague Sukril Aiman Rabilalim A. Rani, at about 4.45pm on Wednesday.

“Investigations showed that the victim and his friend dived to the bottom of the sea at about 4pm to mark steel for cutting.

“After completing the marking on the steel, both men became entangled with the oxygen hose, emergency rope and steel marker rope,” Supt Hanyan told Bernama.

He said the victim removed the weights from his body and tried to swim to the surface, while his friend, who managed to free himself to get to the surface, could not find the victim.

Supt Hanyan said the victim’s remains were taken to Hospital Kemaman forensic unit for post-mortem and the case was classified as sudden death.

“However, we will also investigate if there was negligence between the employees or the employer,” he said.

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