Body believed to be of missing S’porean kayaker found in Terengganu

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A body believed to be that of 57-year-old Puah Geok Tin has been found in Kemaman, Terengganu, reported The Straits Times.

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Puah is a local kayaker who has been reported missing since Aug. 9 along with 62-year-old Tan Eng Soon.

The body was found by a fisherman in the area at around 12:55 pm. The fisherman then informed the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA).

The Singapore Consulate and Puah’s family have been notified.

Missing for six days


Puah and and Tan went missing while on a kayaking trip with 13 other Singaporeans in Mersing, Johor, Malaysia.

At around 5:40pm on Aug. 8, the pair was separated from the group while they were in between Pulau Sri Buat, Pahang and Pulau Mertang in Endau waters, due to the turbulent sea and strong winds.

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A search and rescue mission involving personnel from the Endau Police Station, the Marine Operations Force, Civil Defence Department and Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency was mounted at Penyabong jetty in Johor at about 3:30 pm on Aug. 9.

On Aug. 13, the kayak belonging to the duo washed ashore in Kuantan, where it was discovered by a fisherman.



Some of their belongings, such as a mobile phone, passport and PAssion card belonging to Tan, along with two wallets, a bag of clothes and a paddle were retrieved.

Relatives of the two missing Singaporeans are in Mersing to help with rescue efforts, as the size of the search area was doubled to about 900 square nautical miles, or 3,000 sq km, between the east and north of Pulau Tioman in Pahang.

The search continues for Tan.

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