Son confirms mother’s death after body found in search for missing kayakers

Instagram posts by Louis Pang, son of deceased Singaporean kayaker Puah Geok Tin. (Photo: Louis Smile/IG)
Instagram posts by Louis Pang, son of deceased Singaporean kayaker Puah Geok Tin. (Photo: Louis Smile/IG)

The body found in Terengganu yesterday during the search for two missing Singaporean kayakers has been confirmed to be that of 57-year-old businesswoman Puah Geok Tin.

Posting to his social media accounts at about 2am, Louis Pang bid his mother farewell, saying: “Rest in Peace, Mummy. I love you.”

The 23-year-old added: “Dear Mummy, you’ve led a wonderful and glorious life. You did what you love to do till the very end.

“Now spread your wings and be free.”

The other missing Singaporean, retired lawyer Tan Eng Soon, 62, has yet to be found.

Both were reported missing last Thursday after they drifted away amid strong currents while kayaking with a group of 13 other Singaporeans in the waters around the Endau Islands, situated between the Mersing coastline of Johor state, and popular Tioman Island.

According to reports, Puah’s body was discovered yesterday in the waters off Kemaman, Terengganu, by a local fisherman at about noon.

The discovery came a day after the kayak used by the Singaporean pair was found washed ashore about 150km away near the Kuantan Port in Pahang state.

The kayak also contained items belonging to them, including two wallets containing Singaporean currency, a mobile phone, a Singaporean passport belonging to Tan, a bag of clothes, and an identification card.

Malaysian authorities said yesterday they would expand the air search area from 900 to 1,200 square nautical miles, while the sea search area will be reduced from 600 to 451 square nautical miles, The Straits Times reported. Land search operations cover 60km.

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