BALIK PULAU: A family outing at the Pasir Panjang beach here turned tragic when a man and his nephew drowned after being swept away by strong waves.
Company general manager Abdul Razak Osman, 32, had gone after Abdullah Mukmin Ahmad Nasser, 12, when the boy was swept away by waves.
However, they both disappeared from sight during the 11am incident yesterday.
Although both Abdul Razak and his nephew were found minutes later and rushed to the Balik Pulau Hospital, they were pronounced dead at about 1pm.
The two were swept away at the same place where seven people lost their lives during the Dec 26 tsunami in 2004.
The family of 12 had earlier gone to the beach for a Hari Raya picnic.
Abdullah's father, engineer Ahmad Nasser Osman, said they had gone to beach at about 9am for a get-together with his siblings and their families.
Ahmad Nasser, 42, said he and his elder brother Abdul Lateh, 43, and the two victims had been frolicking in the sea when the waves hit.
“The water was just knee-deep. But all of a sudden, the four of us were washed over by strong waves. My son was swept out to the sea and my younger brother went after him.
“My elder brother and I wanted to help but we were hampered by the strong currents.
“Within minutes, they were no longer in sight,” he said at the Balik Pulau Hospital mortuary.
Ahmad Nasser said his brother was found at about 11.20am while his son was found some 20 minutes later about 100m from the beach.
“We could still feel their pulse when they were brought to the shore,” he said.
He said his son's behaviour had been very different over the past few days, adding that the boy had been kissing him on the cheek and hugging him.
“I don't know why. Maybe he knew his time was up,” he said.
Balik Pulau Deputy OCPD Deputy Supt Lai Fah Hin said the post-mortem showed the cause of death was due to drowning, adding that police, firemen and fishermen were involved in the search and rescue operation.
Pulau Betong assemblyman Muhammad Farid Saad gave RM1,000 to the family.