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Malaysian authorities call off search for missing Singaporean kayaker Tan Eng Soon

SINGAPORE — The family of missing Singaporean kayaker Tan Eng Soon on Monday (Aug 19) thanked the Malaysian authorities and everyone who have been involved in the search for the 62-year-old, saying that they "take heart in the fact that he loved the sea and he will be at peace there".

Malaysian authorities call off search for missing Singaporean kayaker Tan Eng Soon

Singaporean Tan Eng Soon went missing while kayaking off the coast of Mersing.

SINGAPORE — The family of missing Singaporean kayaker Tan Eng Soon on Monday (Aug 19) thanked the Malaysian authorities and everyone who have been involved in the search for the 62-year-old, saying that they "take heart in the fact that he loved the sea and he will be at peace there".

The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) said in a press release on Monday that the search-and-rescue operation for Tan has been called off.

Tan's family said in a note: "We, the family of Tan Eng Soon, would like to thank the MMEA and all other organisations that have been involved in the search for him.

"The support and compassion of the local fishermen and community has also touched us and given us strength through this difficult time.

"We would also like to offer our heartfelt thanks to the Singapore MFA (Ministry of Foreign Affairs) who has gone above and beyond the call of duty to be with us every step of the way.

"Although we were not able to find his body, we take heart in the fact that he loved the sea and he will be at peace there."

The search operation was stopped at about 9pm on Sunday, the MMEA said, as reported by CNA. Mr Tan had gone missing along with fellow Singaporean Puah Geok Tin while kayaking off the coast of Mersing on Aug 8.

Johor Maritime chief Aminuddin Haji Abdul Rashid said: "The search-and-rescue operation was halted as no more new clues were found following the discovery of the female victim on Aug 14. However, the search operation will be started again if there are new (leads)." 

The maritime chief added that the search operation involved a total of 155 people, five aviation assets and 11 maritime assets. The operation also cost a total of RM431,380 (S$143,130).

The body of Puah was found last week in the waters off Kemaman, Terengganu. The two were separated from their group while kayaking near the Endau islands.

In a statement on Monday, Singapore's MFA expressed its deepest sympathies to the families of the two Singaporeans.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the families during this difficult time," it said.

The ministry also conveyed the Singapore Government's "deep appreciation" to the Malaysian government and all Malaysian agencies who were involved in the search-and-rescue operations over the past 10 days.

"It was an intensive operation, during which assets and manpower were deployed in challenging conditions that covered a vast area of waters off the Malaysian states of Johor, Pahang and Terengganu," MFA said.

"We are especially grateful to the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency, which led the search-and-rescue efforts and coordinated among the various Malaysian agencies both on the ground and at sea.

"We have also been heartened by the support and assistance of ordinary Malaysians from all walks of life, especially the fishermen in the area who played a critical role in the recovery efforts."

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