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Girl disappears in Rajang river while bathing

Last update: 25/08/2019
SIBU, Aug 25 (Bernama) -- A seven-year-old girl, who disappeared when bathing in Sungai Rajang this morning with her father and cousin, has yet to be found until the search and rescue (SAR) operation was postponed at 6 pm.

Prior to this incident, Julia Purnama, who was feared drowned, was bathing with her father and a 10-year-old cousin near Meuteck Dockyard in Sungai Bidut near here.

A Sarawak Fire and Rescue Department Operations Centre spokesman said a call on the incident was received at 9.35 am and a team from Sungai Merah was mobilised to the area for a SAR. Also present was a Civil Defence Force team.

He said that the victim’s father was only able to save her cousin who was known as Alit Aiman and rushed him to a nearby clinic for treatment.

He said that the SAR was conducted on the surface of the water while three dives to a depth of 30.48 metres were also made during the operation.


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