IPOH: A student jumped into a river to rescue his drowning friend although he did not know how to swim. Both died.
The two college students were found dead after they went missing with two other students on Gunung Bubu in Kuala Kangsar on Sunday.
Post-mortems carried out on the remains of Adam Asyraf Azman and Muhammad Amir Aysraff Baharuddin, both 17, pointed to drowning as the cause of death, said acting Kuala Kangsar OCPD Supt Ahmad Rabawi Abdul Jamil.
”We believe that Adam Asyraf had slipped and fell into Sungai Gading before being swept away by the strong currents.
“It was then that Muhammad Amir Aysraff tried to help his friend and got into the water as well.
“However, Muhammad Amir Aysraff did not know how to swim and drowned as well,” Supt Ahmad Rabawi said yesterday.
Their bodies were discovered by rescuers in the river at about 3.20pm on Tuesday.
Adam Aysraf and Muhammad Amir Aysraff were among four students who went missing while descending Gunung Bubu with six teachers and 21 other students from the Kuala Kangsar Vocational College, about 45km from here.
They were on a three-day camping trip to the mountain.
It was reported that the teachers discovered the four missing at about 2.30pm on Sunday but only alerted the Fire and Rescue Department at about 10pm.
The two other missing students were found near the river situated about 13km away from the Kem Bina Negara Ulu Kenas at about 9am on Tuesday.
Supt Ahmad Rabawi said the two students who were rescued, Muhammad Putera Rafii and Siti Azimah Mohd Fitri, were still traumatised by the incident.
At a press conference here yesterday, acting Perak Education Department director Mohd Idris Mohd Ramli said the group had descended the mountain at 8pm on Sunday and not at 2.30pm as reported.
Asked if action would be taken against the teachers involved, he said the department would only issue a statement on the incident after obtaining reports from the college and the search and rescue team.
On allegations by parents of the students that they were only informed about the children’s disappearance at 6am the day after the incident, Mohd Idris said he did not have any information on that.