Boy drowns after falling into drain

JOHOR BARU: A 13-year-old boy drowned after falling into a drain near Taman Ungku Tun Aminah here.

The teenager was swept away by strong currents caused by heavy rain.

Johor Baru North deputy OCPD Supt Fariz Ammar Abdullah said the incident occurred at 4pm on Friday after the victim attempted to cross the drain but slipped and fell.

“The victim was together with three other friends, aged between 10 and 13 when the incident happened.

“They were on their way to play football at the nearby field,” he said in a statement yesterday.

The Fire and Rescue Department managed to locate the body about 30m from where he was reported to have fallen, he added.

The medical team from Sultanah Aminah Hospital pronounced the victim dead at the scene, before bringing the body to the hospital for autopsy.

“There was no indication of any criminal element in the case and it was classified as sudden death,” Supt Fariz said, adding that investigations are ongoing.

“We would also like to remind parents to be aware of their children’s activities and to ensure that they are monitored in order to prevent incidents like this from occurring,” he said.

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