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KUANTAN, April 17, 2015:

Search and rescue operations are continuing for an elderly Singaporean tourist reported missing after alighting at the Berjaya Beach Resort Jeti, Pulau Tioman, about 2pm on Monday.

Rompin district police chief DSP Johari Jahaya said the victim, Tan Kim Cheng, 83, who was on a cruise ship which had stopped at the island resort, had still not been found.

“The crew realised the victim was missing when he did not return to the ship on time.

“The crew lodged a report at the Pulau Tioman police station before a search operation found the victim’s dark blue backpack with ‘China Express’ inscribed on it,” he said when contacted today.

He said at the same time, police found other items such as camera batteries, a camera unit with Lumix brand gloves, an Optical Gemini binoculars, a padlock with a key, a set of keys, a Princess Cruises pen and a bottle of mineral water at the scene. Johari said initial investigation showed another tourist had told the ship’s crew that the victim was seen walking alone towards Kampung Paya about 2pm on the day of the incident.

Meanwhile, Rompin Fire and Rescue Station chief Shamsul Affendy Sulaiman said so far it could not be ascertained if the victim had drowned or otherwise, but the search would continue.

The search and rescue team includes eight firefighters from the Rompin Fire and Rescue Station, 10 policemen, four members of the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency and seven members of the Civil Defence Department.

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