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Fun fishing outing turns tragic for teens

Last Update: 30/10/2019

KUALA NERUS, Oct 29  -- The excitement of a fishing outing for five friends turned tragic when one of them was swept away by currents this evening and is feared drowned at Kampung Seberang Tuan Chik, Bukit Tunggal here.

Danial Danish Mohd Jasmin, 14, was said to have gripped his friend’s hands, however he was unable to hold on and was swept away.

 One of the victim’s friends, Muhammad Safin Aiman ??Ropu, 14, said fishing had become a routine activity for the five teens to get together whenever there was a school break, but little did he expect the outing to become a “bitter memory”.

The other friends included Muhammad Iman Rahimi Maizatil Harmin, 14, Muhammad Aniq Syahmi Azman, 16, and Muhammad Haikal Abdul Jalil, 14 .

"At first we did not have plans to swim but Danial had coaxed us to swim. During the incident, some of us tried to save him and managed to hold on to his hands before he disappeared under the water,” said a distraught Muhammad Safin, as tears welled up in his eyes.

The victim's mother, Norhayati Ali, 38, said she now only hoped for a miracle to happen and that the remains of the eldest of three siblings was found as soon as possible.

She said that she came to know of the incident from the victim’s friend when he contacted her, and had rushed to the scene with her husband, Mohd Jasmin Salim, 45.

"Before leaving Danial had informed me that he wanted to go fishing with his friends. I told him to come home early because he had to get back to the hostel at Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Pelong, Setiu,” she said.

Meanwhile, Kuala Terengganu deputy police chief Suffian Sulaiman, said the search and rescue operation was being carried out by the Royal Malaysia Police and the Fire and Rescue Department.

"The fire department is currently carrying out a search operation within a radius of 10 metres from where the victim was last seen. The turbulent waters and tide conditions at this time also makes it difficult for us to locate the victim," he said.

It has been reported that the search and rescue operations will continue until 12 midnight.





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