LAST_UPDATEThu, 19 Jul 2018 11pm

Factory Worker Searching For Clams Drowns In Sabah Mangrove Swamp

KUNAK: Two factory workers harvesting freshwater clams near a mangrove swamp here were swept away by a sudden, strong river current yesterday.

Haslinda Abidin, 25, was drowned in the 5.30pm incident, but her colleague Rolly Enning, 25, was rescued about five hours later.

District police chief Superintendent Mohd Nasaruddin M Nasir said the victims, along with five other colleagues, had gone to the swamp near the Borneo Resort Eco Farm to search for clams.

"At that time, there was high tide and the water had reached waist level.

"As the group was trying to reach safer ground, two of them were suddenly swept away by the strong current," he said in a statement.

Two General Operation Force personnel, who were patrolling the area, received a distress call and immediately went to the victims’ aid.

They managed to pull Haslinda, who was later pronounced dead, out of the water. Rolly, however, had drifted away and was reported missing.

Mohd Nasaruddin said a search operation, with the help of other agencies, was conducted, but was halted due to high tide.

"However, the missing victim was found by family members at about 10.20pm. He was taken to the hospital for treatment," he said.

Mohd Nasaruddin added that the body of Haslinda was taken to hospital to be claimed by family members.