Man saves wife but feared drowned after car swept away in floodwaters

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A man is feared drowned after the car he was driving was swept away by floodwaters at Batu 18, Jalan Batu Pahat-Mersing, Kahang, near Kluang, yesterday.


Kluang district police chief Low Hang Seng said the 5.30pm incident occurred when the Proton Waja car, driven by Md Rajihan Junaidi, 28, was crossing the flooded road stretch.

The victim’s wife, Khairunnisa Ibrahim, 25, was also in the car during the incident.

“Based on the police report lodged by Khairunnisa at 10.35pm last night at the Kahang police station, the car was swept away by strong currents to the right side of the road,” he said.

Low said Rajihan managed to break the car window to save his wife before the woman was rescued by members of the public.

However, he said the victim who was in the car was swept away by the current.

The search and rescue operation was immediately launched, but it proved futile due to darkness and the strong currents, Low added.

The operation, which involved police personnel and the Fire and Rescue Department, to locate Rajihan resumed today.