Home > News > Nation
Monday June 2, 2014 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Monday June 2, 2014 MYT 7:07:57 AM
by allison lai
ALOR GAJAH: A camping trip ended in tragedy for a family when a mother watched in horror as her teenage son drowned at the Padang Kemunting beach near Pengkalan Balak here.
The mother, Rosliza Kadir, 45, said her son Mohd Firdaus Azman, 16, was bathing and playing in the water with his other siblings and a cousin at about 7am.
“He came back to the beach after about 40 minutes to play with his baby sister.
“Then one of the siblings wanted to play ball and threw it to the sea after getting it from our car.
“The ball, however, was flung to another side and Firdaus went after it,” she said when met at the scene here yesterday.
Rosliza said she saw her son
carried away by the current while trying to retrieve the ball and she tried to stop him by shouting aloud.
“But I think he did not hear me and soon I could only see his head above the water and he was struggling.
“I screamed for help.
“A man nearby went into the water with his float but by that time I did not see my son anymore,” she sobbed.
Mohd Firdaus was a student at SM Tinggi Batu Pahat.
Masjid Tanah Fire and Rescue Services station chief Shamsol Fuad Mohammad said the family of 10 from Batu Pahat were on holiday here since Saturday night after attending a relative’s wedding reception in Genting Highlands.
“We received a distress call at 7.44am about the incident and a search and rescue mission was immediately launched to find the victim.
“Personnel from the Fire and Rescue Department and the Civil Defence Department found the body at 11.10am, not far from where it was last seen.”
The body has been sent to the Alor Gajah Hospital for a post-mortem and the case has been classified as sudden death.
Tags / Keywords:
Family Community, drowning, camping
Two campers killed after tree topples over
Rawang low-cost flats to have new JMB pro tem panels
Year Five pupil dies from suspected H1N1
Association’s cyclists need more bicycles for training
Let’s set the night on fire
Rompin by-election: Time for soul searching for BN
Perfect weather for enthronement of Sultan Nazrin Shah
Orang asli ‘treated poorly’ at polling centre
Ideal place to enjoy modern living
Beauty, brains and grace
Is it easy to get your man to go for a health screening?
Creative holidaymakers win smartphones in hotel contest
New lightweight boots with dragon graphics
The world of Francis Light
Copyright © 1995-2015 Star Publications (M) Bhd (Co No 10894-D)