Second victim of Hulu Besut boat incident found

bombaKUALA TERENGGANU: The second victim of a capsized boat in Sungai Besut near Kampung Cegar Batang, Pasir Akar in Hulu Besut this morning was found at about 6pm.

The body of Nurul Hasmila Ismail, 16, a form four student of Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Putra, Besut, was found about 50 metres from the site where the first victim, Nurul Adira Afina Hakmal, 9, was found.

Nurul Adira was found at about 1.45pm by the Fire and Rescue personnel and villagers about 50 metres from the location where the boat overturned.

In the incident at about 9.15am, five of the seven boat passengers were saved. They were said to be heading to a destination to look for shellfish when the boat they were in capsized.

Jerteh Fire and Rescue Department chief Mustaffa Ismail said all five rescued passengers were taken to Besut District Hospital for treatment and were in stable condition.

They are Salahuddin Abdul Rahman, 54; his wife Hasanah Mat Zin, 43; and their children, Norashikin, 22; Zarina, 31; and niece, Aina Nasuha Ismail, 12.

Salahuddin when met by Bernama said they were on their way to a location across Sungai Besut when the incident occurred.

He said after moving for about 100 metres from the jetty, the wooden boat capsized and sank in the middle of the river.

“I only managed to save four of them, while the other two could not hold on to me,” he added.