PORT KLANG, Sept 9, 2015:
The search and rescue efforts for the boat which capsized off the coast of Sabak Bernam waters, entering its seventh day yesterday, found the body of a man whose legs were tied with a rope, six nautical miles from Kuala Selangor.
Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) Klang chief Mohamad Faaiz Mohd Nor @Samah said the victim, believed to be aged between 30 to 40 was found by Maritime Petir patrol boat 90 at around 6pm.
He said initial investigations revealed that the victim’s legs were tied by fishermen to assist in the search for the victims of the incident.
“The fishermen in the vicinity of the scene tied victim’s legs to a buoy to facilitate our search.
“There was no foul play and fishermen just wanted to help,” he said during a press conference held at the headquarters of the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency.
The body was sent to the Kuala Lumpur Hospital for an autopsy and so far, 21 bodies have been claimed by families while another 42 were not.
He said that as of today, there were a total of 84 victims, including 20 victims who survived, after the boat capsized off the coast of Sabak Bernam on Thursday.
“A total of 62 post-mortems have been carried out to identify the cause of death.”
Mohamad Faaiz said the search-and-rescue operations would continue until no bodies were found.
He said the search had shifted sectors to waters between Sabak Bernam and Kuala Selangor.