Bad Weather Hampers SAR for SMK Mutiara Fourth Former Feared Drowned

A large crowd at the Taman Damai beach Sunday evening after word got out that a student had drowned. Among them were family and friends.

LABUAN: Bad weather hampered search and rescue operations Monday morning for a form four student who went missing while swimming with friends at the popular Taman Damai Beach at Kampung Layangan here Sunday.

But with improved weather later in the day, SAR efforts by a combined team led by the Fire and Rescue Department intensified, with several boats out at sea.

But the chances of finding Mohd Shahrul Iskandar, 16, alive are rather slim as he was last seen in difficulty after being hit a a huge wave at about 4pm Sunday.

His four friends, Mohd Aiman Sumardi and Zul Azri Sufri, both 12, Mohd Syafiq, 13, and Khairuddin Karim, 14, managed to swim to shore.

However when Shahrul failed to emerge from the water, his friends alerted their elders.

A SAR operation was started but called off late in the evening due to failing light and rough seas.

Shahrul is a student at SMK Mutiara.

Apart from the Bomba water rescue personnel, the SAR team comprises of policemen and personnel from the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (APMM).

As of 4.00pm there was no further news.