A bailout was tragic this week when six divers looking for a teenager who had fallen into a mine pond in Malaysia died after being caught in a whirlpool.
The hunt for the 17-year-old, who in the local media is Mohd Ilham Fahmi Mohd Azam, was resumed this morning at 8 o'clock. New Straits Times reported. The authorities said the water flow was still strong and further operations would depend on the weather conditions.
Search and Rescue teams allegedly found the boy's body earlier. The Selangor government has reportedly ordered the Sepang City Council to close the mine basin.
The incident occurred in the Taman Putra Perdana community in Selangor, Malaysia. According to Channel NewsAsia, the boy fished on Wednesday with two friends on the shores of the mountain pond when he slipped and fell into the water around 6 pm. Local time.
Abdul Aziz Ali, police deputy commissioner of the Sepang Police Department, told reporters Wednesday that the six divers were caught in a strong whirlpool. The team was tied to a single rope – the standard procedure – when they entered the water at 9:15
"Suddenly there was a strong current in the area that caused all the victims to turn in the water while all their equipment dropped off," the official reported, Channel NewsAsia reported. The chief added that the divers stayed in the water for another 30 minutes while other rescue workers tried to pull them out. When they emerged, all six were unconscious.
Mohammad Hamdan Wahid, director-general of the fire and rescue department at the scene, told the media that attempts to revive the men had failed. "There is a flood wall at the site, but it has been flooded by floods," he said, according to the New Straits Times. "We will continue to investigate the matter to ensure that this tragedy can be avoided in the future," he added.
More than 500 people gathered to pay tribute to divers while praying at a Shah Alam Fire and Rescue Station on Thursday, StarTV said, releasing footage of the memorial.
The city of Shah Alam is the capital of Selangor, Malaysia.
Four victims, from the Water Rescue Center of Port Klang Fire and Rescue Station, were named: Mohd Fatah Hashim, 34; Izatul Akma Wan Ibrahim, 32; Mazlan Omarbaki, 25, and Yahya Ali, 24.
Two other victims of Shah Alam Fire Rescue Station were identified as Adnan Othman (33) and Muhammad Hifdzul Malik Shaari (25).
Images and videos claiming to show the rescue divers fighting in the water surfaced on social media on Wednesday, but Malaysian officials urged the public not to share them.
"I urge media representatives not to share a supposed video that showed last night of the six warriors during the rescue mission last night," said Fahmy Fadzil, a political party's communications director, according to Channel NewsAsia and the families of the six firefighters Give room to grief. "Other honors were shared on Twitter.