Licence of water scooter operator suspended following boy’s death

GEORGE TOWN: Penang Island City Council has suspended the licence of the operator involved in the water scooter accident in Batu Ferringhi which resulted in the death of a nine-year-old boy.

Council mayor Yew Tung Seang said the suspension was with immediate effect.

He said the board of inquiry set up following the incident had decided in a meeting yesterday for further action to be taken after obtaining investigation results from the forensic and police.

“For now, the operations and activities by the operator have been suspended imme­diately until the police investigation is completed,” he said in Komtar yesterday.

On Monday, Jordan Phang Wen Jie, who was riding pillion, was flung off the machine after it collided with the watercraft ridden by his mother Looi Ting Ching.

He died of traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries due to the impact during the 7.45pm incident.

According to early police investigations, the beach boy who was riding the water scooter with Jordan lost control of the machine due to sudden strong winds before the collision.

The police reportedly said the family from Petaling Jaya, Selangor, was there on a holiday, having just checked into a beach resort.

The council said there were five water scooter accidents last year, and this is the first such accident this year.

In November 2016, an Arab woman was injured after the water scooter she was riding collided with another scooter.

In February 2016, two Jordanians were admitted to a private hospital with serious spinal injuries after they fell 10m following a parasailing accident.

In October 2013, an Arab woman died after she plunged 10m into the sea while parasailing.