13 missing Malaysian army personnel found

13 missing Malaysian army personnel found
Journalists taking photos of the army boat at Pantai Puteri in Malacca.

MALACCA - The 13 army personnel, who went missing for almost 28 hours after the boat they were travelling in was hit by a storm, have been found safe at Pantai Puteri here.

The state Fire and Rescue Department operation room issued an initial statement saying that the group, consisting of 11 personnel from the Special Warfare Training Centre (Pulpak) at the Sungai Udang camp and their two trainers, was found by villagers and members of the public at the beach at 1.19am yesterday.

Despite looking exhausted, they were reported to be in good condition and were unhurt. It is learnt that they were rushed to the Terendak army camp hospital in Sungai Udang for medical check-up.

A check at the beach showed that only a boat was left there with some mineral water bottles, shoes and a makeshift canoe stick.

The beach is about 8km from the Klebang beach where the army’s search and rescue operation centre was based.

It was reported on Sunday night that the personnel were part of a 46-member team that was participating in a Commando Training Programme involving five boats.

Earlier, Melaka Tengah OCPD Asst Comm Salehuddin Abd Rahman said the boats initially embarked from the Sungai Udang camp and were heading to Pulau Nangka and later Pulau Upeh when they were hit by the storm.

’’Only four boats made it to Pulau Upeh,’’ he told reporters on Sunday night.

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