First Penang Bridge incident: Mazda CX-5 SUV and driver’s body recovered…

23 January 2019

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SEBERANG JAYA: The family of Moey Yun Peng, 20, the college student who was killed after his sports uitlity vehicle plunged into the sea from the Penang Bridge following an accident on Sunday, wants the authorities to conduct a thorough probe so that justice is served.

His elder brother, who only wanted to be knowns as Dennis, said the family accepted what had happened and hoped the authorities would leave no stone unturned so that justice is done for Yun Peng.

“We leave it to the police and hope we can be given privacy to mourn our loss,” he told reporters after arriving at the Seberang Jaya Hospital’s Forensics Department here tonight to claim Yun Peng’s body.

He also hoped that the public will not make baseless speculation on what actually happened and also not disturb the probe.

He added that the funeral would be held at the Berapit Chinese Cemetery on Thursday.

http://www.theborneopost.com/2019/01/23/family-wants-justice-for-penang-bridge-crash-victim/?platform=hootsuite

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22 January 2019

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GEORGE TOWN: The arduous task of retrieving the Mazda CX5 SUV that plunged into the sea from the Penang Bridge on Sunday, was finally completed at 5.45pm today.

The operations team comprising 40 divers from various agencies succeeded in securing cables to the stricken vechicle before it was hoisted up to the bridge by a crane at 6.07pm.

Strong currents had made it difficult to locate the SUV and hindered the operation to haul it up.

Bernama understands that a body, believed to be that of Moey Yun Peng, 20, a student of a private college, was found in the driver’s seat upon inspection by police.

Members of the team were also seen using steel cutters to extricate the body.

Bernama also learnt that the body is to be brought to the Seberang Jaya Hospital for identification and post-mortem. – Bernama

http://www.theborneopost.com/2019/01/22/penang-bridge-tragedy-suv-retrieved/?platform=hootsuite

21 January 2019

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GEORGE TOWN: Bad weather conditions today forced rescuers to call off the operation to retrieve the sports utility vehicle (SUV) which plunged into the sea from the Penang Bridge early yesterday morning.

The operation will resume tomorrow morning.

Search and recovery (SAR) teams had located the car some 15m underwater, close to Pier 34 of the bridge near Perai, at about 4pm today.

Marine Police Region 1 commander Rosman Ismail said the operation to lift the car from the sea using a crane began at 6pm but was called off at 7.30pm.

“The rescuers tried four times to retrieve the car but had to stop as they were hampered by poor visibility, strong currents and choppy seas,” he told reporters at the location.

He said the strong currents also caused the cable used to lift the car to snap a few times.

Rosman said PLUS had advised them to resume the operation at 9am tomorrow to avoid congestion on the bridge as it is a working day.

“Our rescue boats will be at the scene by 7am,” he said.

https://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2019/01/21/op-to-lift-car-from-waters-off-penang-bridge-called-off-because-of-bad-weather/

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Search and rescue (SAR) teams found the vehicle in the water next to pillar 34 at KM4 of the Penang Bridge.

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Meanwhile, Nik Ros Azhan said police cannot confirm whether the two drivers were racing each other on the bridge at the time of the incident.
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He said he believed both cars were travelling at maximum speed and that the drivers failed to control their vehicles.

https://www.nst.com.my/news/nation/2019/01/452821/police-record-vios-drivers-statement

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GEORGE TOWN: The driver of the Toyota Vios that was involved in a collision on Penang Bridge, which saw a Mazda CX-5 SUV plunging into the sea, will have his statement recorded by police soon.

Seberang Prai Tengah district police chief Assistant Commissioner Nik Ros Azhan Nik Abd Hamid said the 21-year-old driver is receiving treatment at the Seberang Prai Hospital and is in stable condition.

“The man may or may not be arrested, depending on the outcome of our investigation. Give the police room to complete our probe,” he told Bernama here today.

He also said police are waiting for the man’s blood test results to ascertain whether he was driving under the influence during the incident.

“Apart from the blood test report, police are waiting for his medical report to facilitate investigations into the case.

The search and rescue operation for the SUV driver whose vehicle plunged off the Penang Bridge was resumed at 7am today.

Meanwhile, Nik Ros Azhan said police cannot confirm whether the two drivers were racing each other on the bridge at the time of the incident.

https://www.nst.com.my/news/nation/2019/01/452821/police-record-vios-drivers-statement

20 January 2019

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GEORGE TOWN: Authorities are intensifying efforts to locate a car that plunged off the Penang bridge early this morning.

Seberang Prai Tengah district police chief Assistant Commissioner Nik Ros Azhan Nik Abd Hamid said the car has been identified as a white sports utility vehicle (SUV).

It is unknown how many persons were inside the vehicle or if they survived.

“The search is still ongoing and we have roped in four divers from the marine police and the Fire and Rescue Department.

“If we manage to locate the vehicle, the bridge authority will help pull it out of the water using a crane,” he said.

He also confirmed the authenticity of a 20-second dashcam video footage, which captured the incident unfolding.

https://www.nst.com.my/news/nation/2019/01/452631/search-intensifies-car-plunged-penang-bridge-nsttv

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GEORGE TOWN: A collision between two cars on the Penang Bridge this morning caused one of the vehicles to crash through the guard rail and plunge into the sea.

The accident took place at 2.50am at Km4 of the bridge, in the direction of the mainland.

When rescuers arrived at the scene, they found a heavily damaged Toyota Vios, while witnesses said the other car had fallen into the sea.

“We are working closely with Marine police in the ongoing search and rescue (SAR) mission.

“A boat has been deployed to the (area beneath the accident scene) to look for the vehicle,” said a spokesperson from the Fire and Rescue Department.

https://www.nst.com.my/news/nation/2019/01/452522/car-plunges-penang-bridge-sea-sar-mission-ongoing-nsttv

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GEORGE TOWN – A search and rescue operation was underway on Sunday (Jan 20) after a car plunged off the Penang Bridge and into the sea, following a collision with another car on the bridge linking Penang Island with the mainland side of the Malaysian state.

The accident occurred early on Sunday morning along KM4 on the mainland-bound side of the 13.5km bridge, Malaysia’s official news agency Bernama reported.
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“Rescuers found a car badly damaged but its driver only lightly injured. We have not been able to ascertain the status of occupants in the other vehicle,” Bernama reported the Perai Fire and Rescue chief Azlan Hassan as saying.

A search and rescue operation involving the Marine police was underway, he said.

Bernama cited one witness, who was fishing from one of the pillars of the bridge with a friend at the time of the accident, as saying he saw the car plunging into the sea but could not locate the victims afterwards, as it was too dark.

“We saw the car falling into the sea but everything happened so fast and it was dark. We shone our torchlights where it fell but did not see anyone,” the agency cited the witness known as Azrul, who is in his 30s, as saying.

https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/car-plunges-off-penang-bridge-into-sea-search-and-rescue-operation-underway

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