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Son confirms death of mother who was missing S’porean kayaker, Puah Geok Tin

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Belmont Lay | August 15, 02:32 am

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The son of a Singaporean woman who went missing in a kayak expedition has confirmed her death on social media.

Louis Pang, 23, the son of 57-year-old Josephine Puah Geok Tin, said in an Instagram story and on Facebook: “You’ve led a wonderful and glorious life. You did what you love to do till the very end. Rest in peace, Mummy. I love you.”

“Now spread your wings and be free. I promise to bring you back home safe with me.”

Went missing

Puah went missing on early Thursday morning, Aug. 8.

The post confirming her death comes several hours after a body was found off the coast of Terengganu by Malaysian officials on Wednesday, Aug. 14.

The find occurred six days after Puah and another Singaporean, retired lawyer Tan Eng Soon, 62, went missing during a kayak expedition.

Puah’s body was found fully clothed with a life jacket by a fisherman about 185 km, or 100 nautical miles, from where the duo went missing, the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) reportedly said.

The statement in Malay also said: “The body has not been identified and is being brought to land by rescuers.”

What happened

Puah and Tan Eng Soon became separated from a group of 13 other Singaporeans after setting off from a jetty near Mersing on Thursday, Aug. 8, at about 5pm.

The sea and wind conditions were rough at that time.

A green kayak was found by a fisherman a day earlier more than 148 km — 80 nautical miles — away from where the duo were last seen.

Two bags containing Malaysian and Singapore currencies, one mobile phone, a Singapore passport belonging to Tan, a clothing bag, one identity card and a paddle were found in the kayak.

According to an Instagram story by Louis Pang on Wednesday, Puah’s and Tan’s family members have verified the belongings of the two missing Singaporeans.

The search for Tan continues.

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