Indonesian man believed to be swept away by waves at Muara beach

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BRUNEI-MUARA

AN INDONESIAN man in his late 20s was swept away by waves during his swim at Muara Beach yesterday. The missing man, identified only as Fendi, was said to have been at the beach with colleagues.

According to a Fendi’s colleague, the group — two men and two women — had started their picnic at the beach at around 9am.

Fendi hails from Pontianak, Kalimantan, and works with three other individuals from Indonesia at a local restaurant in the Sultanate.

In an interview with The Brunei Times, the two women from the group said Fendi had gone to swim alone, not far from the shore.

However when his three friends lost sight of him, they immediately lodged a report around 10.15am at a nearby police station.

Risma, one of the two women, could not confirm if the tide was high.

“It was not raining and the waves seemed normal. He might have been carried away by undercurrents,” Risma said.

“We pray that he survives, but if he doesn’t, we hope his body is at least found,” she said.

A spokesperson from the Royal Brunei Police Force (RBPF) said the Royal Brunei Marine Police dispatched a search team to the beach at around 10.30am.

The Fire and Rescue Department and Forest Police RUC Unit (Polis Hutan) were also present to assist in search and rescue efforts.

The search parties conducted their search operations along the beach and out at sea beginning at noon and lasting till 7pm before calling it a day due to limited visibility.

However, RBPF personnel would be stationed at Muara beach for monitoring, with search efforts continuing today.

Members of the public are advised to stay safe and be wary of high tides.

The Brunei Times