TWO students of a pondok school are feared to have drowned while bathing in Sungai Machang Limbat near Pasir Tumboh, Kota Baru, yesterday evening.
Pasir Tumboh Fire and Rescue Station chief El Taraff Mohd Zachariah said upon receiving information on the incident at 7.16pm, six firefighters from the station and eight divers from the Pengkalan Chepa Water Rescue unit were deployed to the scene.
He said according to witness statements, the two victims were last seen bathing in the river at 6.45pm before drowning.
“The search and rescue operation was conducted within a radius of 200m from the scene.
“Based on preliminary information, the victims, identified as Mohd Hafiz, 17, and Mohd Lokman, 18, went to the river with nine other friends,” he told Bernama when contacted today.
He said the search and rescue operation for the victims resumed this morning, adding that the distance between the scene and the pondok school was about 200m. – Bernama, June 17, 2022.