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(File pix) An Indonesian man who was working on a raft used for breeding mussels was killed after being struck by lightning and falling into the sea off Kampung Kuala Masai, Masai here last Friday. Pix courtesy of Fire and Rescue Department

JOHOR BAHRU: An Indonesian man who was working on a raft used for breeding mussels was killed after being struck by lightning and falling into the sea off Kampung Kuala Masai, Masai here last Friday.

Seri Alam police chief Supt Jokhiri Abdul Aziz said in the 5pm incident, the victim, known as Suhardi, 26, sought shelter on the raft with his friend due to heavy rain, before being struck by lightning and falling into the sea.

“The police received a report on the incident at 11pm on the same day and mobilised a search and rescue (SAR) team of 18 people, comprising the marine police, Fire and Rescue Department, as well as the fisherman's association, and the villagers," he said here yesterday.

However, the SAR operation, which ran from 8am until 9pm on Saturday, covering a 100-metre radius around the raft, failed to trace the victim.

Suhardi's body was finally found floating in the water at 11am yesterday, around 100 metres from where he reportedly fell.

The remains were sent to the Sultan Ismail Hospital for a post-mortem and the case has been classified as sudden death, he said. -- Bernama

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