Two Malaysian teens drown during swim

KUALA NERUS (BERNAMA) – School holidays turned to tragedy for seven individuals who went for morning exercise at the Kampong Tanjung Beach in Seberang Takir, Malaysia when two of them were found drowned.

Kuala Nerus Fire and Rescue Station Chief Yusmizan Yusof said in the 7am incident, Muhammad Amirul Zulkafli, 15, and Muhammad Aidil Ashman Abdul Manan, 16, upon returning from jogging, went for a swim at the beach when the tide was low and failed to notice that the water level suddenly increased due to high tide.

“We received an emergency call at 7.37am and 14 personnel from the Kuala Nerus station, with assistance from the Kuala Terengganu Water Rescue Team, were rushed to the scene.

“Both bodies were found at the same location at 9am, about 50 metres from the shore,” he told reporters at the location.

The bodies were handed over to the police and were taken to the Sultanah Nur Zahirah Hospital for further action.

Meanwhile, in Kemaman, septuagenarian Othman Said, 79, who was reported missing after going to his orchard in Pasir Manggang on Wednesday, was found drowned at 7.39am yesterday.

Kemaman District Police Chief Superintendent Hanyan Ramlan, in a statement, said that the victim’s body was found floating and stuck to tree branches in Sungai Kemaman.

“The victim was said to have crossed the river on a sampan to return home after cleaning his orchard, but the sampan was believed to have capsized due to the strong current,” he said.

The victims’ friends grief over the tragedy at the Kampung Tanjung Beach. PHOTO: BERNAMA