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Asia - Sarawak MMEA hopes for new discoveries on whereabouts of missing diver Karen Chong

KUCHING, April 20 — The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) Sarawak is hoping to make new discoveries on missing diver Karen Chong as the search and rescue (SAR) operation for her entered its third day today.

MMEA Sarawak deputy director of operations Capt Yousry Yaali said details have emerged on the 31-year-old in terms of her and other divers’ activities in the area.

“How she dived, the equipment that she wore while diving like the wetsuit, the oxygen tank, and its type of material, the probability of the victim getting stuck or drifting or drowning, hopefully the victim will emerge.

“At the same time, we hope the weather conditions are good. Currently the wind is basically blowing from the west towards the island, about 270 to 315 knots, and we hope, even if the victim is drifting, will drift this way (Pulau Satang/Telaga Air), and we hope that the victim would not drift too far to the open sea, but to the land, that’s our hope,” he said during the SAR operation briefing at the Telaga Air Jetty near here this morning.

“We also hope that the coastal fishing community will be able to help us. If you find any suspicious object, please contact the agency.”

The joint operation also involves the police, Fire and Rescue Department (Bomba), Malaysian Civil Defence Force (APM), the marine community, and Kampung Telaga Air villagers.

The MMEA vessel left at 7am while the Sarawak Marine Police vessel left at 9.40am.

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