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Body of man missing while fishing off Dinawan found
Published on: Thursday, February 02, 2017

Kota Kinabalu: The body of a 39-year-old man who went missing while out fishing with friends off Dinawan Island, Kinarut, was found on Wednesday.

The body was initially thought to be one of the missing six from the catamaran which failed to arrive in Pulau Mengalum on Saturday.

Kota Kinabalu Maritime Enforcement Chief First Admiral Adam Aziz said the body was found by Sabah Parks personnel some 500 metres south off Pulau Mamutik here at about 10.20am.

"The body was sent to the hospital for identification purposes and has been confirmed to be the man identified as Nonoi," he told a media conference at the Maritime Rescue Sub-Centre here on Wednesday.

It was reported that the man went out to fish with two friends in a fishing boat around 6pm on Monday when choppy waves caused their boat to sink. Two of his friends managed to swim to shore but Nonoi could not be found.


Meanwhile, the scene near the marine police jetty here was filled with grief when family members of Abhsoy Kassim, 26, heard news of the discovery.

Abhsoy is among six people, five of whom are China tourists, still missing following the boat tragedy off Pulau Mengalum.

His family has been waiting anxiously near the jetty since Sunday and tension started to build up when they saw the boat carrying the body, which at that time had yet to be identified, arriving at the jetty.

Among them was his wife, Amelia Samanail, 21, who remained optimistic that her husband is still alive.


She said Abhsoy left for work at about 7.30am on Saturday and news of the catamaran going missing reached her at about 3pm on Sunday.

"He is not the type to give up easily and that's why I know he is still alive, my heart says he is still alive," said Amelia who together with her in-laws has never left their spot near the jetty.

"We will wait here day and night, rain or shine, until he comes home, he is a good swimmer and I pray that we will see him again…soon," she said.

It was learnt that Abhsoy was previously working at a car wash and had just started working with his uncle, the skipper of the ill-fated catamaran, less than a month ago.

"He said working as a boat crew was hard and that this was going to be his last trip before looking for another job…nobody expected this to happen," said Amelia who got married to Abhsoy six months ago.

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