A kayak believed to belong to two missing Singaporeans in the waters of Mersing, was found by local fishermen in the waters of Tanjung Gelang, Kuantan, Pahang yesterday.
Johor Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) director First Admiral Aminuddin Abdul Rashid said the green kayak was found about 0.6 nautical mile southeast of Tanjung Gelang at about 12.30pm.
“The kayak was found about 80 nautical miles from the last location the two victims were reported missing six days ago.
“Also found in the kayak were personal belongings of the victims comprising a bag containing Malaysian and Singaporean currencies, a mobile phone, one Singaporean passport, a bag of clothes, an identification card and a paddle.
“All the items were later handed over to Pahang MMEA for further action,” he said in a statement.
“With the latest discovery, the search and rescue operation will be planned based on the data provided,” he added.
Matthew Tan Eng Soon, 62, believed to be wearing a blue red life jacket and Josephine Puah Geok Tin, 57, wearing an orange-blue jacket were reported missing after being separated from 13 friends while kayaking in Mersing waters.
They were separated due to rough sea and strong winds.
Earlier today, the SAR operation in Johor continued with the deployment of 122 personnel from multiple agencies.