Family of missing S’porean ‘trying to stay positive’ after kayak and belongings found, as search continues

14-Aug-2019 Intellasia | TodayOnline | 6:02 AM Print This Post

The kayak of two missing Singaporeans has been found along with their belongings, about 160km from where they set off, said the son of one of the pair in an Instagram post on Tuesday (August 13).

Louis Pang, 23, who is the son of Madam Josephine Puah Geok Tin, 57, one of the missing kayakers, added that the kayak was found by a local fisherman in Kuantan and that the local authorities have been informed.

However, both Mdm Puah and her fellow kayaker Matthew Tan Eng Soon, 62, still have not been found, he added.

In his post, he also wrote that “the marine police from Malaysia are currently heading to the fisherman for more details”.

The post indicated the fisherman had found Tan’s mobile phone, and used it to contact his family members.

Mdm Puah and Tan, were reported to have drifted away from their kayaking group of 13 other Singaporeans. The group set off from Penyabong jetty, about 35km north of Mersing, at about 10am on Thursday.

The city of Kuantan, where the kayak has reportedly been found, is about 160km north of Penyabong jetty.

The search efforts by the Malaysian authorities started on Saturday and were ramped up on Monday.

Speaking to TODAY on Tuesday, Mdm Puah’s children expressed deep concern and worry over their mother’s disappearance, and the fervent hope that she will be found soon.

Ms Ranie Pang, 26, Mdm Puah’s daughter, said: “To be honest, it’s difficult going through things like this because it’s so unexpected. I basically live on my phone now just constantly waiting for the latest updates.”

Ms Pang added: “She’s one of the strongest women I know. We also know we have to stand strong for (her) because that’s what she would want us to do.”

Louis Pang also spoke fondly of his mother’s adventurous spirit: “My mummy is always adventurous and always sporty. We often run together and we even signed up (for) the Standard Chartered marathon together this coming year. She often goes for cycling expeditions, rock climbing, hiking, a lot more adventurous activities than I do.”

However, the family is trying to keep positive amidst the uncertainty.

“We are definitely anxious but very very hopeful still. We are trying to stay positive. It’s surely difficult, and I do have occasional meltdowns but that’s okay. We just got to stand together in times like this,” Ms Pang said.

Mdm Puah and Tan reportedly knew one another before the trip, and had some experience kayaking in open waters.


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