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BUKIT BERUNTUNG – Two more children were found drowned at about 10pm while three more are still missing after they were swept by strong currents in a river near the Sekolah Kebangsaan Cina (SKC), Bukit Beruntung today.

According to Selangor Fire and Rescue Operations assistant director, Mohd Sani Harul, the victims were identified as Mohd Ikhwan Mohd Ridhuan, 10, and Mohd Aiman Fitri Md Asmadi, 12.

He said Mohd Ikhwan was found at 9.47pm while Mohd Aiman at 10pm.

“They were found close to each other and we are hoping that the other three missing victims will be found soon.

“The operations to look for the other three missing victims is being continued tonight until they are all found,” he told reporters at the location.

Earlier, the bodies of siblings Shahrizat Abdullah, 12, and Shahrizwan Abdullah, 10, were recovered.

Police have widened their search for three more children who went missing while fishing in the river near the school in Kampung Timah here to five kilometres.

Hulu Selangor District Police Chief Supt R. Supramaniam said the search operations will be continued tonight.

“Right now, the water level in the river is low and this will make it easier for the search operations. We hope the other three victims will be found tonight,” he said.

Meanwhile Hulu Selangor Member of Parliament Datuk P. Kamalanathan, who is Deputy Education Minister who was present at the location, also extended his condolences to the families of the victims. – BERNAMA

ALOR SETAR – Abdul Amzar Azim,21, the Malaysian student who was found drowned in New Zealand today, seemed unhappy to return to the country on Feb 21.

His father, Azmi Abd Seman,49, said Amzar, who was spending a three-month holiday here since Nov, kept putting and removing his clothes from the luggage.

“On the day of his departure, Amzar did not say a word to us and did not hug and kiss as usual,” he told reporters at his house in Kampung Belukar,¬† Hutan Kampung, near here, today.

A Foreign Ministry statement today said Amzar’s body was found in Lake Karapiro, near Hamilton, at 12 noon today.

Amzar, a student of Mechanical Engineering at University of Waikato, Hamilton, was believed to have drowned while swimming in the lake yesterday.

Azmi said Amzar visited the lake frequently with friends but on that  fateful day (Feb 26), he decided to go to the lake alone.

“Usually, he did not swim in the lake. His friend told me that Amzar’s body was found at the bottom of the lake.”

The contractor said Amzar was an outstanding student who frequently scored good examination results and was obedient to his religion and parents.

Meanwhile, Amzar’s mother, Azura Bahari, 44, said the eldest of five siblings washed dishes to cover the cost of studies.

“Although he was sponsored by Mara, Amzar was frugal. If we want to send him money, he will refuse and ask us to give it to the other siblings.” – BERNAMA

BELAGA – A teacher is feared to have drowned after falling into the Rajang River in Punan Bah, about 65km downstream of the Belaga town yesterday afternoon.

Michael Usat Emang, 59, fell into the river after the boat he was travelling in with his wife, hit a log.

Belaga police chief DSP Melay Tinggom in a statement via WhatsApp today said the victim and his wife were on their way back to SK Nanga Telawan after attending a funeral in Punan Sama when the mishap occurred.

“The victim was washed away by the strong river current. His wife, however, managed to swim to safety,” Melay said.

The search and rescue operation to find the man is still ongoing with cooperation from the Belaga police force, People’s Volunteer Corps, Belaga Volunteer Fire Brigade and longhouse residents. – BERNAMA

MIRI – The second victim of a capsized boat near Pangkalan Kampung Muhibbah, Kuala Baram Lama last night was found today.

Miri Fire and Rescue Department chief Law Poh Kiong said the body of Umpon Ungat, 65, was recovered by a search and rescue team at 3.40pm not far from the location of the incident.

Earlier, the deceased’s son, Stewart Umpon, 19, was found drowned by the team at 8.22am.
They were among four people on that ill-fated boat including two men, aged 47 and 48, who managed to swim to safety.

It was reported that the fishing boat’s skipper was believed to have made a sudden turn against strong winds which caused the boat to capsize. – BERNAMA

KUANTAN – The grandfather of Nureen Ain Juwita Mohd Sharif, 10, who drowned along with two other children at a disused bauxite mining pool in Taman Sungai Karang Jaya in Beserah near here yesterday, intents to sue the parties responsible for the mining.

Aidil Omar, 78, said they should have been more responsible and filled up the pool and not abandon the place.

“I am going to sue them… I am very said because she was very close to me, she will come to my house everyday to play.

“They should have taken matters more seriously because they were mining for bauxite close to a residential area. I will be seeking legal advice before I make my next move,” he told Bernama when met at his home today.

Aidil, a retired soldier, said that he hoped that his action would serve as a lesson to those out to make a quick profit but were negligent where it comes to people;s safety.

He also urged the relevant authorities to fill up the pool with earth to prevent a recurrence of such a tragedy.

Recounting the child’s last hours, Aidil said Nureen Ain had lunch with him before asking his wife Wan Zauwiyah Wan Omar, 78, for some pocket money to buy a few things at a nearby shop at 2.30pm (yesterday).

“Later I received the shocking news that she had drowned,” he sobbed.

In the incident at 5pm yesterday, Nureen Ain and siblings Salsabila Zuhairi, 12, and Mahathir Mohamad Zuhairi, seven, drowned while playing near the pool. – BERNAMA

KUANTAN – The body of a polytechnic student in Shah Alam who was feared drowned after he disappeared while bathing with friends at Pantai Cherating Lama yesterday was found today.

Pahang Fire and Rescue Department public relations officer Anuar Hassan said the body was found at about 7.15 am about five kilometres from where the victim, in his 20s, was believed to have drowned.

The victim was bathing in the sea when friends realised him missing at about 2.15 pm yesterday and lodged a report after they failed to find him.

Following which, a search and rescue operation was mounted by the police, the Civil Defence Force, the Fire and Rescue Department and villagers. – BERNAMA

IPOH – A two-year-old girl was found drowned, after she was believed to have slipped and fell, in Sungai Gedung, Kampung Simpang Tiga, near Bidor today.

The body of Nur Liya Zafirah Yusman Rizal was found at 12.45 pm, about two kilometres from where she was believed to have slipped into the river.

Bidor Fire and Rescue station head Mohd Nadzri Abdul Razak said the girl was playing near her house when her parents realised her missing.

“The parents suspected their only child could have fallen into the river when they saw footprints of a child on the river bank and a doll belonging to their daughter in the river,” he added.

The girl’s body was then taken to Tapah Hospital. – BERNAMA

SANDAKAN – The body of a 11-year-old boy who drowned in Sungai Gum-Gum at the 16th Mile of Jalan Labuk was found last night lodged in a nipah palm near Kampung Gum-Gum, according to the Sandakan Fire and Rescue Station.

Its operations chief, Haikal Jammy Ngali Abdullah, said villagers found the body of Mohd Helmizan Mohd Adizan at 8.40pm near Bridge 4 of the village.

A search-and-rescue team comprising personnel from the Fire and Rescue Service, Civil Defence Force and Police had called off the search for the day at 7.20pm due to failing light.

Mohd Helmizan fell into the swift-flowing river yesterday while bathing with several friends. – BERNAMA

KUANTAN – An Indonesian man who was missing three days ago after falling into Sungai Bera at Bandar 32, Bera, was found dead trapped in a fishing net in the river this morning.

Bera police chief DSP Mansor Samsudin said the man in his 20’s who had not been identified, was discovered at about 8 am by members of the public who joined the search and rescue operation.

“The victim’s body was found stuck in the net about 900 metres from the spot where he fell into the river at about 11 am on Jan 8,” he told Bernama today.

Mansor said it was learnt during the incident, the victim was with another four friends clearing bushes for a new project there.

“The man tried to cross the river after one of them managed to wade across it, but in the middle of the river, the victim suddenly slipped and could not be rescued by his friends,” he said.

He said the victim’s remains were sent to Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Hospital in Temerloh.

Meanwhile, state Fire and Rescue department public relations officer Anuar Hassan said 43 rescue personnel were involved in the search operation today, comprising 20 firemen, police (12), Civil Defence Force (eight) and three members of the public. – BERNAMA

PASIR PUTEH – The search for two teenagers feared drowned at Pantai Tok Bali here intensified today when the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) started using a helicopter for aerial view with the hope of locating the missing teens.

Its District 10 director, Captain (Maritime) Nurul Hizam Zakaria said efforts to trace the two teens since Sunday through the sea and Tok Bali-Bachok-Besut coastal area conducted day and night had failed.

In the 4.13pm incident, two teenagers identified as Ahmad Haziem Anizam, 14, and his friend, Amir Azfa Rafar, 13, from Selising, here, were feared drowned while bathing at Pantai Tok Bali.

Two of their friends, Muhammad Firdaus Mustafa, 16, of Kampung Taweh in Gaal, and Amir Shahir Zakima, 13, of Kampung Nering, here, managed to swim to safety.

The four went to the beach for a picnic and swim when the incident of big waves occurred.

Nurul Hizam said, starting at 9am this morning, the helicopter made aerial survey within 30 nautical miles to the north and 20 nautical miles to the east of Tok Bali waters.

He said the search operation for the two teenagers had been quite difficult due to the rough sea condition with big waves reaching up to 1.5 metres due to the current monsoon season.

He added that the operation by land and sea was intensified by increasing the number of team members from 140 to almost 200 yesterday and it involved various government departments as well as fishermen.

The assets mobilised in the search operation include a ship, six boats and two jetskis. – BERNAMA