Bachok boat tragedy: Seventh body found near Pulau Perhentian

BACHOK (BERNAMA) – The body of another victim from the capsized boat incident last Monday was recovered about 32.7 nautical miles north of Pulau Perhentian, Terengganu yesterday.

Kelantan Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) Director Captain Muhd Nur Syam Asmawie Yaacob said the body believed to be of Che Wadi Bakar, 44, the seventh casualty and third of four missing persons in the tragedy, was found by fishermen before being reported to the search and rescue (SAR).

“The body was brought to the SAR operations centre at the fishing jetty in Kuala Kemasin at 12.22pm,” he said.

Muhd Nur Syam, who is also the operations commander, said the body would be taken to the Raja Perempuan Zainab II Hospital (HRPZII) in Kota Bharu for a post mortem and DNA test to confirm the victim’s identity.

“The family could only recognise the clothes the victim was wearing, namely a blue shirt and shorts, but could not exactly identify the victim as the body’s physical appearance had changed.

“The SAR team will continue operations to trace the last (missing) victim,” he said.