KAMPAR: Two shop assistants are feared drowned after falling into a disused mining pool here.
G. Murugiah @ Kanna, 47, and R.M. Munusamy @ Jack, 51, lost their footing and slipped while attempting to catch fish at about 4pm on Saturday.
A relative of the men, P. Selvamani, 43, said the three of them were about to cast their fishing nets when the incident happened.
“Murugiah was walking on the embankment but slipped and fell into the water.
“Munusamy tried to help but also fell into the pool,” he said.
“I wanted to help them but my leg started to cramp up,” he added.
District Fire and Rescue Department chief Zainuddin Mat Daud said Selvamani made a distress call at about 4.30pm.
“Firemen, police, Rela and the Civil Defence department were involved in the search but it was called off at about 7pm on Saturday due to a downpour,” he said.
Zainuddin said strong currents could have dragged both victims further down the pool.
The former mining pool is also known as sei yan chi (dead man’s pool) as about 20 people were believed to have died there.
A local, who only wanted to be known as Lee, said the pool was said to be popular with people wanting to commit suicide.
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