Body of missing NSF in Brunei found

[UPDATE 15 Aug, 1444: Body of missing NSF found]

The body of a full-time serviceman (NSF) missing in Brunei since Sunday has been found.

Lance-Corporal (LCP) Muhammad Fahrurrazi Bin Salim, 20, was found early Tuesday morning at 2:55am  in the Sungai Batu Apoi river, Temburong.

LCP Fahrurrazi was the coxswain -- who is in charge of navigating and steering -- in a convoy of four boats when he went missing. The boats were being used to support the water crossing segment of a jungle training exercise.

Over 250 troops from Singapore's and Brunei's armed forces had been deployed to scour the waters of Brunei for the missing NSF.

One of the search parties found LCP Fahrurrazi's body about 200 metres from where he was first reported missing, said a MINDEF statement.

An investigation revealed that LCP Fahrurrazi was in his boat alone, even though it is part of standard operating procedure to travel in pairs.

The ministry confirmed that he was a qualified coxswain who had been posted to Brunei for nine months and was due to be declared operationally-ready at the end of this year.

His body is due to be flown back to Singapore later on Tuesday for a military funeral.

Defence Minister Dr Ng Eng Hen has written a letter to the family of the late LCP Fahrurrazi expressing deepest condolences for their loss.

MINDEF is assisting the family in their time of grief. A full investigation will be conducted on the incident.