Indian skipper feared drowned after falling off boat near Miri


MIRI: A skipper from India is feared drowned after he fell from a tugboat in Sungai Baram, Long Lama here, at 4pm yesterday.

Shubham Patidar, 22, from Uthar Medhyapradesh, India, was pulling ropes on the boat when he suddenly slipped and fell into the river.

"(Others on the boat) tried to locate the man, but failed," said Marudi Fire and Rescue Station chief Zulbada Alior.

He said the station received a distress call at 5.45pm.

"Firefighters (took several hours to reach the nearest dock), before taking a boat ride to reach the scene of the incident," Zulbada added. -- Bernama