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.