A 30-year-old man who fell overboard and swept away by the river’s strong current in Sungai Tesong at Felda Sungai Klah near Sungkai has been finally found.

Mr Koh Kah Wei was kayaking with six oh his friends when his kayak suddenly overturned and he was swept away.

Mohd Nadzir Abd Razak, Bidor Fire and Rescue Station chief, told reporters that the body of Mr Koh was found a kilometre from where he went missing at about 3.15pm.

He said, “The search-and-rescue team found the body caught by tree branches at the river bank. The body was taken to Tapah Hospital.”

The search of the body on Sunday (30 October) was agitated by bad weather. Mohd Nadzir said the search-and-rescue operation resumed with the help of 30 people from fire department, police department, civil defence personnel and rafting crew at 8am today (31 October).

He told reporters, “The swift currents, heavy rain and descending darkness rendered the search-and-rescue operation difficult.”

“It’s a long river and a difficult search. We started at the site where the victim fell and moved downstream,” he told The Straits Times.

A spokesman from Singapore’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said, “The Singapore High Commission in Kuala Lumpur is in contact with the local authorities regarding this incident, and is extending consular assistance to the family of the Singaporean.”

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