Body of Pakistani man feared drowned found off Tanjung Rhu beach

24 Aug 2019 / 17:37 H.

LANGKAWI: The body of a Pakistani man feared drowned while bathing at Tanjung Rhu beach here around 8.00pm yesterday was found late this afternoon.

Langkawi Zone Fire and Rescue chief Fadzullah Mohd Noor said the body of Haseeb Ashfaq, 30, was found at about 2.30pm at 0.2 nautical mile from where he was last seen.

“During a search and rescue (SAR) operation a team of firefighters, aboard an aluminum boat, spotted the body floating at about 2.30pm before taking it to the Fire and Rescue Department’s Operations Control Post an Tanjung Rhu beach.

“The body was then handed over to the police at the Ayer Hangat Police Station before being taken to Sultanah Maliha Hospital,” he said when met at the scene.

Meanwhile, Kedah and Perlis MMEA director First Admiral Maritime Rozali Mohd Said said the operation ended at 3.30pm after the body was handed over to the police.

Yesterday Haseeb, who worked in a restaurant on the resort island, came with three other friends to bathe in the sea.

The victim’s friends realised he was missing when they got ready to return but when there was no sign of him they reported the incident at around 10.22pm.

Subsequently, a SAR operation involving various agencies such as the Langkawi Fire and Rescue Department, the Police, the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA), the Langkawi district Civil Defence Force, the People’s Volunteer Corps (Rela) Langkawi and also assisted by the staff of Tanjung Rhu Resort was mobilised since last night. — Bernama

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