Lightning strike injures Malaysian fisherman

Lightning strike injures Malaysian fisherman
Painful episode: Syamsul being treated at the Sultanah Bahiyah Hospital.
PHOTO: The Star/ANN

ALOR SETAR - A 31-year-old fisherman was admitted to the Sultanah Bahiyah Hospital with serious burns on his neck and body after he was struck by lightning off the Kuala Kangkung coast here.

Syamsul Anuar Muhamad from Kampung Tepi Laut in Kuala Kedah was fishing with his cousin Mohd Nazarrudin Hamid, 26, when the incident happened at 2am on Saturday.

Mohd Nazarrudin said the lightning apparently struck the victim's silver chain as a chain mark was found near his injured neck.

"I was barely a metre from my cousin when he was struck. It's a miracle the lightning did not hit me.

"I could see a bright flash striking him and I was temporarily blinded. When I got my sight back a few seconds later, my cousin was not on the boat anymore.

"I later found him in the sea and quickly pulled him back onto the sampan," he said yesterday, adding that it was raining heavily at that time.

Mohd Nazarrudun added that he sped to the Kuala Tebengau jetty and sought the help of other fishermen who rushed Syamsul to hospital.

"I was told that he is in a stable condition but is still unconscious. He is a bachelor and the youngest of five siblings."

In Langkawi, a 60-year-old fisherman missing for some 48 hours was rescued by the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA).

Amri Ahmad was found afloat wearing a safety jacket near Pulau Dayang Bunting at 11.50pm on Saturday.

Northern Region MMEA operations director Capt Salim Ahmad said the search and rescue operation also involved the Fire and Rescue Department.

"He was very weak when we found him. He has been sent to Langkawi Hospital for a check-up," he said.

Amri's sister Sharifah had lodged a police report on Aug 27 when he failed to return home in the evening.

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