Bodies of 2 missing persons found near Ampa Patches

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

THE bodies of two persons reported missing since Wednesday were found floating around diving site Ampa Patches yesterday.

The two government servants, both in their early 30s, were last seen at 5.30am on Wednesday after they went down to their boat at a jetty in Kg Telisai.

However, a report was only filed the next morning, prompting the Royal Brunei Police Force (RBPF), Royal Brunei Navy (RBN) and Brunei Shell Petroleum (BSP) to launch a search and rescue operation.

The two were not named.

The boat, belonging to the two, had a full gas tank and was found intact near the Ampa Patches and the Magpie Oilfield on the same day.

The search continued yesterday with the marine police deploying three patrol boats, BSP deploying two helicopters and the Royal Brunei Navy (RBN) sending out its KDB Darulehsan.

The search and rescue areas were expanded between the Tutong areas to the Lumut areas.

The two bodies were found by members of the public, the first body was found around 12.50pm and the second at 1.10pm, 50 metres from the first one.

The bodies were brought to Tutong Hospital for a post-mortem. Police have concluded that the victims drowned. No foul play is suspected.

The Brunei Times