KUANTAN – The bodies of two siblings who drowned in a boat capsize incident Kuala Tembeling, Jerantut yesterday, were buried together at the Kampung Gemuruh Muslim Cemetery, Pasir Durian, Jerantut today.
The victims, Siti Khadijah Dalili Zulkiflee, seven, and her brother Muhammad Alee Zulhaikal, four, drowned after the boat they were in together with seven others in Kampung Keluang, Kuala Tembeling capsized at 6.30pm.
Their father, Zulkiflee Awang Kecik, 43, said during the incident, he and his other children, Siti Umairah Norain, 14, and Muhammad Hadimran, 11, as well as four relatives were saved by villagers there.
The four were Mohd Helmi Joni, 18, his brothers Mohd Zaki, 15, and Mohd Hanif, 10, and Mohd Farhan Mansor, 27.
“We were on our way home after a picnic at Sungai Kuala Tembeling when the boat suddenly capsized. I do not know how the boat overturned because the water was calm and we were almost reaching the banks,” he said.
Zulkiflee said he quickly shouted for help and his nephew Mohd Fitri Mahasan, 24, as well as several villagers who were on the riverbank rushed over to help them.
Mohd Fitri said they managed to save two victims before they realised that there were still people missing.
“We dived down again, and when we turned the boat back up, we realised there were still people below. We went into the waters again to look for the two siblings and found the youngest.
“He was still alive then because I heard him cough twice. We tried to revive him before sending him to the Kuala Tembeling Health Clinic. His sister was only found about 30 minutes later and was already dead,” he said.
When contacted, Jerantut District Police Chief Supt Azid Ismail confirmed the incident and said the bodies of both victims were sent to Jerantut Hospital for a post-mortem before they were claimed by the family. – BERNAMA