DUNGUN: Rescuers have managed to recover the body of a fisherman, who disappeared with three others, after their boat capsized off the Kuala Dungun estuary on Wednesday.
State Traffic Enforcement Investigation Department chief Superintendent Abd Razak Hasan said the body of Mohd Nazri Yaccob, 37, from Pasir Putih, Kelantan, was found floating at sea at 8.50am, about 300 metres away from where he was last seen.
"The body was sent to the Dungun Hospital for a post mortem," he said today.
The others who have yet to be found are Che Mohd Affendi Ismail, 34, from Pasir Putih; Mohd Zawawi Mohamed, 24, from Kampung Pacakan, Semerak; both from Kelantan, and Abd Wahab Zakaria, 44, from Kampung Hutan Nangka, Jertih,Terengganu.
On Wednesday, a fibreglass boat which was carrying the five fishermen capsized near the Kuala Dungun estuary about 10pm.
The five fishermen were crew members of a Marang-based fishing vessel that was anchored 400m from the jetty at the time of the incident.
Razak said the fifth fisherman in the boat, Shahrin Mohd Yacob, 33, managed to swim to safety to the beach.
"He (Shahrin) said the boat was hit by strong waves as they were entering the estuary on the way to the Kuala Dungun jetty," he said.
Meanwhile, the SAR operation today was focused on the Kuala Dungun estuary and nearby beaches
Razak said 70 people including 11 policemen from the Dungun police station were involved in the SAR .
The search for the other three missing fishermen continues.