JOHOR BARU: A high-tea for secondary school students turned into a tragedy when one of them drowned in a hotel’s swimming pool.
Prior to the tragedy, the victim Mohd Zulhilmi Mohammad Nazri, 18, from Kelapa Sawit, Kulaijaya attended the event on Oct 9 at a hotel along Jalan Tebrau
Johor Baru South OCPD Asst Comm Sulaiman Salleh said the high-tea was held from 4pm to 7pm, and was attended by 86 students and 11 teachers from SMK Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Kulai.
He said after the event ended, three female and 12 male students decided to stay overnight at the hotel including Mohd Zulhilmi.
“After having their breakfast at the hotel, the victim and the other 10 male students went for a swim at the pool located on the 11th floor at around 9.15am,” said ACP Sulaiman.
He said police received a call that a youth clad in a black round neck collar T-shirt and grey track bottom suit was unconscious by the pool side at around 11.05am.
ACP Sulaiman said the victim was moving in the pool in a circle with three of his friends, all who were non-swimmers.
They moved from the 1.5m pool depth to the 1.8m.
“The circle suddenly broke and the students panicked and struggled,” he said, adding that other students who were in the pool managed to save the victim’s three friends in time but not the victim.
“Initial investigations reveal there was no criminal elements in the teen’s death,” said ACP Sulaiman.