On Friday (29 April) afternoon, a 47-year-old woman got down from her Perodua Myvi on Penang Bridge before jumping into the sea.
According to Astro Awani, the incident happened at Kilometer 2.8 heading towards the mainland.
In a statement, Penang Maritime Director Maritime Captain Abd Razak Mohamed said that the Seberang Perai Tengah District Police Headquarters was alerted to this incident at about 4.50 pm.
The information received was then channelled to the Langkawi Maritime Rescue Sub-Center (MRSC) which deployed its boats to search for the woman.
Abd Razak said the operation CARILAMAT was then activated at 5.30 pm and involved the Fire and Rescue Department, Civil Defense Force and the Batu Uban Marine Police Force.
The victim known is believed to be from Bukit Mertajam.
“The search for the victim had to be postponed to 7.30 last night without any clue, and the search will continue tomorrow at 7.30 am.” Penang Maritime Director Maritime Captain Abd Razak Mohamed said about the ongoing rescue efforts.
The public who had any information on the incident or any other cases of emergencies and accidents at sea are urged to call the 24-hour MERS 999 emergency line or the Penang Maritime Operations Center at 04-262 6146.
There had been several such incidents happening on the Penang bridge.
The government had since taken preventive measure such as installing loudspeakers to deter suicide attempts.
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