Body of second triathlon casualty found off Tanjung Tuan

The body of Hong Kong national Yuen Chi Yuen was found by a fisherman this morning. (Facebook pic)

PORT DICKSON: The body of a Hong Kong national who drowned while competing in the 2018 Port Dickson International Triathlon yesterday was found floating in the waters off Tanjung Tuan today.

Negeri Sembilan Fire and Rescue Department (FRD) director Norazam Khamis said the body was discovered by a fisherman at 8.14am about one nautical mile from where he disappeared.

“His family had identified the body and we have handed over the case to the police,” he said at the Port Dickson Hospital mortuary here.

Norazam said the body was taken to the hospital for post-mortem.

He also said 15 FRD personnel had earlier mounted a search and rescue (SAR) operation using two boats and two jet skis, covering two nautical miles from the spot where the victim was last seen but they could not locate him.

Norazam said the SAR operation also comprised personnel from the Water Rescue Team, Marine Operations Force, Civil Defence Force and the Port Dickson Municipal Council.

The victim, Yuen Chi Yuen, 42, was reported missing yesterday after he failed to report back after the event.

Besides Yuen, another participant, Tharm Wei Wong, from Penang, also drowned while taking part in the same competition.