| James Kon |
AN outing at Tungku Beach turned tragic for two Indian nationals after they were found drowned at the beach yesterday afternoon.
A distress call on the incident was received at 1.56pm, according to a Fire and Rescue Department (FRD) statement.
Two fire engines carrying nine firefighters from the Rimba Fire Station and a diving unit led by Acting SFR Haji Mustapa bin Haji Mohammad rushed to the scene.
At the beach, investigations revealed that the two went missing after going for a bath at the seashore.
The firefighters conducted a surface search of the area while the diving team combed the waters using aquatic search and rescue equipment.
The first victim, aged 25, was found at 3.34pm around 70m from the incident site.
The second victim was found at 3.50pm roughly 100m away from the incident location.
Paramedics pronounced both victims dead at the scene. Their bodies were handed over to the Royal Brunei Police Force (RBPF) for further action.
In light of the incident, the FRD warned members of the public against carrying out water activities at the beach, especially during bad weather, which can cause strong currents and large waves. The public are also advised to always be aware of the latest weather conditions for their own safety and wear life jackets or life buoys when trying to save drowning victims.
For emergencies, the public should call the Fire and Rescue operation centre at 995 and provide accurate information on the incident.