Military retiree who tried to save child drowns

KOTA BARU: A military retiree was found drowned after he was swept away by waves while trying to rescue a child at Pulau Kambing, Pantai Kandis, Bachok.

Bachok district acting police chief Asst Supt Mohd Yusrizal Mohd Ghazali said the body of the victim, Juhairohafizan Juhari, 35, was found some 50m from the scene at about 2.50am on Sunday.

He said Juhairohafizan was the second victim after he tried to rescue Muhammad Aman Firas Aman Syah, 12, who was swept away by currents during a picnic outing with his family on the island.

Muhammad Aman Firas was found safe about 300m from the scene at about 11pm by fishermen.

“The child was taken to Tengku Anis Hospital, Pasir Puteh, for treatment, while the drowned victim was sent to Raja Perempuan Zainab II Hospital Kota Bharu for a postmortem, ” he said in a statement.

Meanwhile, Bachok Fire and Rescue Station chief Yus Heary Mahmud said the SAR operation ended at 3.32am after all the victims were found.

It was reported earlier that the family outing ended in tragedy when one of them drowned while two others went missing.

The first victim found drowned in the incident was Mohd Sahudin Mat Shaah, 46. — Bernama

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