Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Shrimp fishing tragedy

 Sudin Haron
Sudin Haron praying on Pantai Puteri, near Tanjung Kling, Malacca, as the rescue team searches for his missing son, Omar Sudin, yesterday. Pic by Rasul Azli Samad
MALACCA : A FATHER'S desire to fulfil his children's wish to eat shrimp resulted in   tragedy when he drowned while catching shrimp off Pantai Puteri, near here, on Sunday night.  

Omar Sudin, 37, from Kampung Pantai Rombang is believed to have been swept away by strong currents after his newly bought net which he had been using to catch shrimps was found 100m from where he was last seen at a stone wall on the beach.

His body was   found by local fishermen who were assisting authorities in their search after nearly 19 hours.

The body was discovered at  4.35pm yesterday near a jetty at Tanjung Beruas, more than 4km  from the scene of the incident.

Tangga Batu Fire and Rescue Department chief Abdul Razak Manap said the victim's body had been caught on some coral.

The search and rescue operation began at  8.45pm and involved  more than 50 personnel, comprising fire and rescue, a scuba unit, police, the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency,  Civil Defence Department, t People's Volunteer Corps (Rela) and Marine Operations Force.

The victim's wife, Zunaida Yusof, 37,  broke down in tears when she saw her husband's body.

She said her husband,  a barber, had left the house  about 8.30pm as he had been excited to try out the new net.   

She only found out about her husband's disappearance when her father-in-law told her about it at 10.30pm. - NST

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