Fireman rescues teenage girl clinging to mangrove tree for two days in Penang

BUTTERWORTH: A teenage girl had to cling to a mangrove tree in a muddy area near the Penang Port Sdn Bhd port for two days before being rescued on Saturday (Dec 23).

Penang Fire and Rescue Department senior operations commander Faris Izwan Ahmad Fadzilah said the 17-year-old victim was rescued after a port fire department personnel noticed her waving at around 9 am on Saturday.

“The teenager had reportedly fallen off the Penang Bridge on Thursday and swam towards a building with a blue roof before getting stuck on a mangrove tree in the muddy area near the port.

“During those two days, the victim was desperate for help, but no one noticed her,” he said when contacted on Saturday.

According to an initial interview with the girl, she said that she was disappointed after failing two driving tests and was afraid of being reprimanded by her family.

Faris Izwan said that the girl, who was weak and not seriously injured, was taken to Seberang Jaya Hospital for further treatment.

Earlier, the media reported that the search and rescue operation to locate the girl was conducted by the Perai Fire and Rescue Station team and the BBP Butterworth Water Rescue Team after a distress call was received at 11.23 am on Thursday.

The victim had left her aunt’s motorcycle at KM2.2 of the Penang Bridge towards the island from Perai. – Bernama