DUNGUN: The bodies of four polytechnic students, who were believed to have drowned after they were swept away by waves while swimming at Pantai Teluk Bidara here on Friday, have been located.
A search-and-rescue (SAR) team found the fourth and final body – that of Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin Polytechnic (PSMZA) student Mohamad Amir Izzudin Zulkiflee – about two nautical miles from the beach at 3pm today.
Amir Izzudin, 21, who was from Ayer Keroh, Melaka, was a silat exponent who had represented the state, Bernama reported.
According to Terengganu Fire and Rescue Department (JBPM) Zone 2 chief Azman Alia, the first body to be found was that of PSMZA student Muhammad Zul Fahmi Zuki, 21, from Kemaman. His remains were discovered by members of the public on the beach near the Mayang Sari Resort here, at about 7.30am today.
At 11.35am, a group of fishermen at Teluk Lipat discovered the remains of Muhammad Ikhwan Ahmad Azhan, about eight kilometres from where he was last seen, at 11.34am.
Ikhwan, 21, was from Kuala Terengganu.
About 30 minutes later, a SAR team spotted the remains of Muhamad Luqman Al Rashid Mohamed floating about a kilometre from where Ikhwan’s body was found. Luqman, 21, was from Kuantan, Pahang.
JBPM deputy director Sharikan Bustaman said all four bodies were sent to the Forensic Unit of the Dungun Hospital for post-mortems.
The drowning incident occurred at 6.30pm on Jan 17 when the four PSMZA students, who were lounging at a rocky area of Pantai Teluk Bidara, suddenly slipped, fell into the water and were swept away by strong waves.