Jaiman Bien, 39 (left) and his cousin Edmond James, 22, were killed their motorcycle fell into a ravine and they were subsequently buried under a landslide at the Kota Marudu-Ranau stretch. (pix by LANO LAN)

KOTA MARUDU: A motorcyclist, who was killed in a landslide here, had behaved strangely by randomly asking for forgiveness from his family at the recent New Year’s Eve celebration.

His family members said Jaimin Bien, 46, had wept while apologising for any wrongdoings during a family gathering at his house in Kampung Malangkap Tengah here, on Dec 31.

Jaimin and his cousin Edmond James, 22, were killed their motorcycle fell into a ravine and they were subsequently buried under a landslide at the Kota Marudu-Ranau stretch.

Their uncle Bandawa Sondingan, 65, said he last saw the duo leaving the house at Kampung Surun-Surun about 9.35pm yesterday.

“They were heading to Kota Marudu town to buy kitchen items. However, they failed to return home until this morning, leaving our family worried.

“Their cousin (Eddy Saimon) then decided to look for them, and saw the landslide. He stopped to inspect the area and saw their red Honda EX-5 motorcycle among the debris,” he said.

Bandawa, who is also Kampung Malangkap Tanah village head, said Eddy immediately contacted the authorities and informed the family of the discovery.

Firefighters from the Kota Marudu and Ranau Fire and Rescue Departments were dispatched to the scene after receiving a distress call at 7.20am.

The Sabah Fire and Rescue Department said firefighters used shovels to dig through the debris to search for the missing duo.

“The first victim was found at 8.31am while second victim was pulled out at 9.28am. The two bodies have been handed over to the police for the next course of action,” it said.

Their motorcycle was also retrieved from beneath the mass of earth.

Translated from Harian Metro

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