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Korean parents to continue son’s work

on 03 Februari 2010.

KUCHING: It was an emotional time for Professor Jeung Kaekyu and his wife during their recent visit to Sarawak to cover the trail of their son, Jeong Yohan’s tour programme in Sarawak.
Jeung Yohan and another Korean male, Kim Seong Hyun lost their lives recently in an attempt to save a female friend, who encountered problems while swimming in the sea.

Both of them, who were part of a group of Korean students embarking on missionary trip, took chances despite the meter-high strong waves and strong underwater currents during the monsoon season, to come to the rescue of their friend.

Their unselfish act was joined by a Norwegian guest, Thomas Harklau, members of the local Civil Defense Corp team who were on duty at the site manning the watch tower and the resort staff.

While the life-savers sprang to action with the aid of kayaks and life saving equipment, rescuers managed to save the lone fear-stricken lady who was held on by the Norwegian, Thomas Harklau.

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Professor Jeung (2nd right) handing over the sponsorship to UNIMAS Vice-Chancellor Professor Dr Fatimah Abang (2nd left).

An immediate search and rescue operation was launched by the rescuers and 10 minutes into the search time, the first victim was spotted and was washed ashore by strong underwater current.
Subsequently CPR was administered by paramedics from the General Hospital and JPA but was unsuccessful.

The second victim was found minutes later approximately 30 meters from the scene of the incident. Again, CPR was administered but the victim was pronounced dead by the paramedics.

It was indeed tragic but the ill fated outing saw the daring rescue mounted by two young men at the expense of their lives.

Professor Jeung, a professor in History, expressed gratitude to those who had assisted in the incident during the said visit.

In honour of his late son, he donated RM100,000 to the St Thomas’ Church, Kuching and offered 10 scholarships to under-privileged students at UNIMAS Kuching Campus under the Jeung Yohan Foundation.

News Taken From : Eastern Times Online, Wednesday, January 27th, 2010


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