Sunday, May 26

Penang Bridge crash: Efforts to retrieve car begins at 9am


Rescue workers continuing the attempt to retrieve the vehicle. Bernama Photo

GEORGE TOWN: The operation to retrieve a sport-utility vehicle that fell into the sea, along with the driver, following an accident on the Penang Bridge last Sunday resumed today with 40 divers taking turns to hook a cable to the Mazda CX-5.

The divers were from the Marine Police, Royal Malaysian Navy, Maritime Malaysia, and Fire & Rescue Service, said Marine Police Region 1 commander ACP Rosman Ismail.

“Two divers will be in the water for 20 minutes at a time during the operation,” he told reporters on the bridge at Km 4 on the side for traffic heading to Perai on the peninsula mainland.

He said the operation team found the vehicle at about 4 pm yesterday in the sea close to Pillar 34 of the bridge but faced difficulty in hooking a cable due to limited underwater visibility and strong currents.

“The cable came loose four times until we decided to postpone the operation as night fell,” he said.

Moey Yun Peng, 20, the driver of the SUV, lost control of his vehicle after being hit by another car before plunging off the bridge at about 2.54am on Sunday.

His body has been reportedly found still inside the SUV. – Bernama