MERSING: A family outing at Pasir Lanun beach in Penyabong, Endau, about 25km from here, turned into a tragedy when a father and son drowned yesterday.
The deceased were Mizlan Ahmad, 50, a Kluang district education department officer, and Mohd Hafizudin, eight.
Other picnickers rescued three other family members from being swept off by waves.
Mersing police management unit chief Asst Supt Mohd Toff Maaroff said the bodies of Mizlan and his son were recovered by members of the public about an hour after the incident at 3pm.
He said Mizlan, his 45-year-old wife identified only as Peziah, and their five children came from Kluang for a picnic.
Initial investigation revealed that Mizlan's eldest son Azrizul, 20, a UiTM student, had tried to save his two sisters Nurul Athika, 11, and Nur Shahida, 12 and brother Mohd Hafizudin, upon seeing them being washed away by waves.
But when Azrizul was also dragged out by the waves, Mizlan jumped into the sea and tried to rescue his children, he said.
Mohd Toff said members of the public who saw the family members in difficulties managed to rescue three of the children.
He said Mizlan's wife and his other daughter, Natasha Hajiha, four, were on the beach when the tragedy occurred.
The deceased's bodies were brought to their village at Kg Sri Lallang in Kluang for burial later in the evening.