Bodies of 2 Malaysian anglers found after missing off Pedra Branca

Singapore coordinated the search-and-rescue operations with the Malaysian and Indonesian authorities.
Singapore coordinated the search-and-rescue operations with the Malaysian and Indonesian authorities.PHOTO: FACEBOOK/DR NG ENG HEN

SINGAPORE - The bodies of two Malaysian men who went missing after their fishing boat capsized off Pedra Branca on Sunday (Dec 10) have been found.

The incident, which happened at about 4.30pm some 1.5km south-east of Pedra Branca, at the eastern entrance of the Singapore Strait, had sparked a three-nation search effort for the men involving ships and helicopters.

Singapore coordinated the search-and-rescue operations with the Malaysian and Indonesian authorities, as the area is within the Singapore Maritime Search and Rescue Region.

In a statement on Wednesday, the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) said the two bodies were found on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The agency was informed by the Indonesian authorities at about 5pm on Tuesday that they had found a body at Pengudang Beach on Bintan Island.

MPA was also notified at about 2.30pm on Wednesday by the Indonesian authorities, after they found another body in the sea north of Bintan Island.

 

The two bodies were later identified by family members to be those of Mr Chang Chong Kuok and Mr Tan Soon Heng, the two missing Malaysians, MPA said.

MPA stopped search-and-rescue operations at 3pm on Wednesday.

MPA chief executive Andrew Tan said: "On behalf of all agencies involved in this search-and-rescue operation, MPA expresses our deepest condolences to the families and loved ones of the deceased."

MPA also thanked all ships and aircraft which participated in the search-and-rescue operations.