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KUALA TERENGGANU: A 38-year-old man drowned after he jumped into the Terengganu river from a jetty at Pulau Duyong here on Thursday.
Fisherman Mokhtar Ali was said to be involved in an argument with a friend at the jetty before jumping into the river but he got into difficulties while swimming ashore at about 8pm.
His mother Wan Mala Wan Abdullah, 74, from Kampung Pulau Duyong here said Mokhtar was very silent but seemed to be enjoying the food served during breaking of fast half an hour before the incident.
"I thought he was just in a hurry as he had told me that he wanted to go to the Pulau Kambing Fisheries Department jetty to help unload fish from fishing boats there," she said.
She said it was Mokhtar's daily routine to go to the jetty at the village after breaking fast to chat with friends.
Meanwhile, Kuala Terengganu police chief Assistant Commissioner Zamri Shamsudin said the victim was carried away by strong current after swimming for about 50 metres.
He said a search and rescue operation was launched after a police report was lodged at the Chabang Tiga police station at 10pm.
The victim's body was found at a cove in Seberang Takir about two kilometres away from the jetty at 3.45pm.