SUNGAI PETANI – Two teenagers are feared to have drowned after they fell into the sea while fishing with four other friends near Kampung Bakar Arang, at Pantai Merdeka near here at 1pm yesterday.
The victims, identified as Mohd Hazwan Shauddin, 16 and Ahmad Hizami Ahmad Husaini, 16, from Taman Delima here were said to have left the house at 8am to go fishing.
Sungai Petani Fire and Rescue Department operations chief Othman Parmin said they received a distress call at 1.25pm and arrived at the scene at 2.09pm.
“Four fire engines, 17 firemen and a scuba unit were deployed to the scene.
Initially the operations involved assistance from fishing boats. So far we haven’t found both victims and the search and rescue operation is ongoing,” he told reporters at the scene.
In the incident, Mohd Hazwan was said to have been adjusting his fishing line before he fell into the water.
His friend, Ahmad Hizami, tried to rescue him but he too fell into the sea.
The other teenagers who were fishing with the victims were Mohd Syazwan Jamil, 17, his brother Mohd Syazmi, 16, Mohd Saiful Anwar Abd Razak, 16, and Mohd Afiq Swazan Daud, 16. – Bernama