The body of a drowned victim was found at Sungai Dulang near Kampung Tebing Rabak in Hutan Melintang, Perak, in the wee hours of today (May 27), after a two-day search-and-rescue (SAR) operation.
According to a spokesperson for the State Fire and Rescue Department (JBPM), an emergency call regarding the incident was received at around 6.45pm on Tuesday (May 25).
“The victim, aged around 21, was believed to have drowned and disappeared from the waters’ surface after attempting to save his younger sibling from drowning while they were both swimming around Sungai Perak.
“After receiving the call, a squad of 12 and a vehicle from the Hutan Melintang Fire and Rescue Station (BBP), including a Water Rescue Unit (PPDA) and a K9 Unit were rushed to the location where the victim was reported missing.
“The entire SAR operation also comprised three police officers, seven personnel from the Malaysia Civil Defence Force (APM) and two from The People’s Volunteer Corps (RELA). Six boats, four from JBPM and two from APM, were also mobilised.
“The SAR team was divided into four groups that covered a search radius of 7km.
“The victim’s remains were found at around 3.30am earlier today, 100m away from where he drowned. They were handed over to the police for further actions,” the spokesperson explained.
The operation which ended at around 6am was led by Assistant Fire Superintendent (PPgB) Zulkifli Abdullah and supervised by Senior Assistant Fire Superintendent (PKPgB) Khairul Firdaus Ibrahim.