Man feared drowned trying to save 5 in car that plunged into river

While all the passengers of the car made it safely to the river bank, the 31-year-old man who jumped in to save them cannot be found. (Facebook pic).

KUALA TERENGGANU: A man is feared to have drowned while trying to save five passengers in a four-wheel-drive vehicle which plunged into Sungai Terengganu on Pulau Warisan here about 9.30pm last night.

Abdul Bari Asyraf Mohd, 31, from Kampung Panji, Kuala Terengganu was fishing with a friend when they spotted a Mitsubishi Storm vehicle, which had been parked nearby, sliding and plunging into the river.

Besides Bari, two other men are believed to have tried to save the passengers. They and the five passengers in the vehicle made it safely to the river bank but Bari is still missing.

According to his mother Masitah Awang, 60, Bari left their home after Asar prayers to go fishing with his good friend.

“Bari really liked to fish. Any free time he had, he would go out fishing with his friends at any fishing spot.

“He went out early today and returned home to pray and have lunch before going out again after Asar,” she said when met at the location.

Masitah said she only knew of the incident after she was informed by her husband Mohd Mustafa, 66, who received a telephone call from the police at about 10pm.