Search for last missing angler to resume today

SAR personnel recite prayers before the start of an operation to locate the remaining victim.

MIRI: The search and rescue (SAR) operation for an angler who went missing with two others after a fishing trip off Pulau Sari near here will resume today.

District police chief DSP Roslan Leman said the SAR team comprising 61 people began the search in the sea and along the shores at 8am yesterday.

“The search in the sea covered an area of 8km radius while along the shore the area covered a radius of 10km,” he said when contacted yesterday.

The missing man has been identified as Mohd Amirul Bakar, 26.

Despite the extensive five-day SAR since Monday (Sept 9) night, there has been no new lead.

Mohd Amirul and his two friends – Yeu Chee Tiong, 30, and Farouk Arlan Ahmad Sabri, 29, – had gone fishing to Pulau Sari about 5am Monday.

They used a boat borrowed from a local. The boat owner tried but failed to contact them around 5pm Monday, and concerned for their safety, he lodged a police report which prompted Fire and Rescue station here to activate a search and rescue operation.

Yeu’s remains were the first to be recovered by the SAR team about 8.40am Tuesday. He was found at Sungai Labi-Labi.

Farouk’s remains were found around 11.30pm Tuesday. He was found floating some 450 metres from where Yeu’s body was found.

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