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Man Watches Helplessly As Friend Drowns

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LANGKAWI- A man could only watch helplessly as his friend drowned while trying to swim to safety after their boat was hit by a strong wave during a fishing outing in the island’s waters today.

Shukri Saad, 51, said there was nothing he could do to save his close friend, Ajis Omar, also 51, when the victim was swept away by choppy waters in front of his eyes.

“We were swimming to a boulder about 70 metres from the spot where our boat had capsized after being hit by a strong wave.

“Ajis suddenly developed breathing difficulties and was swept away by the strong current. He then disappeared into the water,” Shukri said, relating the ordeal from his bed at Langkawi Hospital when visited by Kuah assemblyman Nor Saidi Nanyan.

Shukri, who sustained a broken finger and bruises on his limbs and body, was rescued by another angler who passing by the area.

He was then taken to the Telaga Harbour Park where he received medical treatment.

Shukri said he and Ajis, from Kampung Batu Ara in Kuala Teriang, embarked on their fishing trip in a fibreglass boat about 11am before the incident struck.

Shukri, from Kampung Padang Ranggut, said that at about 1.30pm, their boat was hit by strong wave, sending it crashing into a rock.

Both men were then thrown into the water.

Langkawi police chief Assistant Commissioner Dr Che Ghazali Che Awang said Ajis’s body was found at the Telaga Harbour park estuary. -NST

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