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PETIKAN DARI NST 10/12/2013

KEMAMAN: What was supposed to be a routine medical aid mission turned into a nightmare for a 16-person four-boat convoy after a boat was entangled by submerged electrical wires and capsized.

AMO Mohd Saiful Azri Zainuabidin, 27, who was part of the convoy, said the group was on its way to deliver medicine and perform medical check-ups on flood victims at Seberang Taiyuh, Pasir Gajah here when the incident on Dec 4 occurred.

PETIKAN DARI NST 10/12/2013

KEMAMAN: What was supposed to be a routine medical aid mission turned into a nightmare for a 16-person four-boat convoy after a boat was entangled by submerged electrical wires and capsized.

AMO Mohd Saiful Azri Zainuabidin, 27, who was part of the convoy, said the group was on its way to deliver medicine and perform medical check-ups on flood victims at Seberang Taiyuh, Pasir Gajah here when the incident on Dec 4 occurred.

 

He said those on the capsized boat managed to swim to another boat before climbing onboard and proceeding with their journey.
Saiful, who is attached to the Kemaman health district office at Chukai here, said the group was later forced to stop and spend the night near the scene of the incident because of an engine malfunction.

"As events unfolded, I held on to my belief that a public servant must perform his duty to his utmost. I kept reminding myself of the importance of carrying out our duties well. The engine was repaired by 8am the next day and we were able to return to the Chukai jetty here."

It was previously reported that a medical attendant was forced to spend the night on the river bank when his boat encountered engine problems.
According to Health Ministry deputy director (Public Health) Datuk Dr Lokman Hakim Sulaiman, another boat in the convoy accidentally hit electrical wires submerged by the flood.

"They were saved by their life jackets, which got snagged on tree branches. Another boat came to their rescue and they spent the night in an abandoned store."