Search for Singaporean kayaker focusses on coastal areas on ninth day

KUALA TERENGGANU (Bernama) – The search and rescue operation (SAR) for Singaporean kayaker Tan Eng Soon who went missing off Mersing in Johor entered its ninth day yesterday, with a search area of 100 square nautical miles from the coast of Merchang, Marang to the Kuala Terengganu estuary.

Terengganu Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) Director Capt Muhammad Suffi Mohd Ramli said yesterday’s search was narrowed down to focus on coastal areas.

“The SAR operation co-ordinated by the MMEA today involved six marine assets belonging to various security agencies, which is an increase compared to the four assets used yesterday.

“The turbulent sea conditions make it difficult for the search operations to take place,” he told Bernama yesterday.

He said members from agencies including the MMEA, the police, the Fire and Rescue Department and the Malaysian Civil Defence Force were involved.