Man drowns during scuba diving training at Pulau Perhentian


PASIR PUTEH (Bernama): A 22-year-old man drowned while undergoing scuba diving training near Tokong Laut at Pulau Perhentian, Terengganu on Thursday (July 1) afternoon.

Kelantan Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) director Capt Maritime Muhd Nur Syam Asmawie Yaacob said the body of Mohamad Abbass Shabki was found by villagers at about 2.40pm.

He said five personnel members from the agency were dispatched to the location about 12.7 nautical miles from Kelantan MMEA jetty headquarters after they were informed of the incident.

“The police and the island community combed the area where the victim was last seen before the MMEA boat arrived to take the body to Pulau Perhentian Besar jetty,” he said in a statement.

Muhd Nur Syam said the victim’s body was later handed over to the Besut police headquarters for further action.

“Investigations found that the victim and his four friends who are from Kelantan had travelled interstate without a permit and as such, they had violated the movement control order,” he said adding that action would also be taken against the resort operator.- Bernama

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