Paraglider operator missing after falling into the sea

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PORT DICKSON: A paragliding operator is feared drowned after falling into the sea about 1.5km off Batu 1 here this morning.

The identity of the victim has yet to be determined.

A witness said the victim fell from the paraglider about 1.5km from the beach and was seen to be afloat for about 30 minutes before disappearing, NST Online reported.

A search was being carried out about one nautical mile offshore, said Mohd Kamil Abd Jabbar of Port Dickson Fire and Rescue, while Civil Defence, the Port Dickson Municipal Council and Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency were also involved.

“I urge anyone who might have lost a family member or friend, or anyone who knows the staff of the paragliding company to immediately come forward to help us identify the victim,” he said.

Another witness, Keffli Mohd Darus, 54, said he noticed a paragliding operator in the air at about 10.30am as he was about to head to the sea to fish.

“(The person) was in the air for about two to three minutes before falling into the sea. I saw (the person) waving and (holding on to their) parachute, before suddenly disappearing,” he said.

Keffli added that he immediately lodged a report with the police.