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Body of missing Singaporean kayaker found in waters off Terengganu: Media reports

SINGAPORE — The body of one of two missing Singaporean kayakers has reportedly been found in waters off the Malaysian state of Terengganu on Wednesday (Aug 14).

Body of missing Singaporean kayaker found in waters off Terengganu: Media reports

Malaysian officials pictured at Mersing on Aug 14, 2019, with the kayak said to have been used by two missing Singaporeans.

SINGAPORE — The body of one of two missing Singaporean kayakers has reportedly been found in waters off the Malaysian state of Terengganu on Wednesday (Aug 14).

The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) said that a fisherman found the body at about noon in waters off Kuala Kemaman, news portal 8world.com reported.

The body was believed to be Josephine Puah Geok Tin, 57, who went missing after setting off from a jetty near Mersing on Aug 8 with Mr Matthew Tan Eng Soon, 62. The pair had been with a group of 13 Singaporean kayakers, but they had become separated from them.

The search for Mr Tan is continuing.

Malaysian authorities mounted a major search on Aug 10, which was ramped up two days later.

In a statement in Malay provided to TODAY on Wednesday, MMEA said that the body — clad in a safety jacket — was found floating five nautical miles east of Kuala Kemaman by a fisherman.

"It is now being brought back to land my rescue team. The body was found 100 nautical miles from the area the pair was reportedly missing," a translation of the statement said.

On Tuesday, a fisherman had spotted the green kayak apparently belonging to the pair as well as their personal belongings off Kuantan, about 160km north of where they had set out. Kuala Kemaman is about 50km north of Kuantan.

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