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SUNGAI PETANI, 10 April 2017:
A 12-year-old girl, Nor Alyaa Zafiran Mohd Fazlan, is believed to have drowned in a swimming pool at a hotel near here when attending a programme organised by her school.
The victim’s father Mohd Fazlan Mohd Hashim, 37, said the incident took place after the programme organised by Sekolah Kebangsaan Khir Johari here from 8am to 5.30pm at the Sungai Petani Inn.
Mohd Fazlan, who was also at the hotel with his six-year-old daughter, said the victim was allowed by her coordinating teacher to swim at the pool from 5.30pm to 6pm.
“However, my daughter was not satisfied at the short time in the pool and I sought the permission from her teacher for her to continue swimming at the pool. I told my daughter she had to come out at 6.45pm.
“My daughter and her three friends went into the pool and believed to have gone to the deep end of the pool. Her three friends back-pedalled as they became anxious upon seeing my daughter struggling in the pool. At the same time, they also thought she was pretending to be drowning.”
Mohd Fazlan said he realised her daughter had spent too much time in the pool and went looking for her, and was told of the incident by her friends.
“My daughter was found at 7pm in the pool. I and several other people tried to save her by giving first aid, including pressing her chest but she was already dead.”
Meanwhile, a teacher of the school said almost 60 students had attended the ‘Celik Minda’ programme, organised every year to teach techniques to answer questions for examinations.
As usual, the pupils would be allowed to use the swimming pool at the end of the programme but not all went into the pool because most of them had decided to go home with their parents after the programme had ended.
In KOTA BHARU, a 14-year-old boy drowned while swimming with three friends in Sungai Pak Mat Akar, Wakaf Mek Zainab here yesterday afternoon.
Kota Bharu Fire and Rescue operations chief, Senior Officer II Mohd Redzuan Baharuddin said the victim, Mohd Shahiram Hakim from Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan (SMK) Zainab 2, was believed to be not a good swimmer.
He said they received a report on the incident at 12.03pm and arrived at the scene together with 12 personnel 10 minutes later.
Mohd Redzuan said the search and rescue operation, which also involved the fire station’s Water Rescue Team (PPDA), found the body of the victim about 2m from where he was reported missing, at 12.50pm.
The three other friends of the victim were safe, he said when contacted.
He said the body had been handed over to the police to be sent to the Raja Perempuan Zainab II Hospital.
In KOTA TINGGI, the body of a man – who was feared drowned after jumping into Sungai Sedili here in an attempt to save his boat which was being swept away by strong currents while fishing on Saturday – was found yesterday.
Kota Tinggi district police chief Supt Rahmat Othman said the body of Azizi Amir, 45, was found by fishermen around 5.20pm about a kilometre from where he was reported to have jumped into the river. “The body has been taken to the Kota Tinggi Hospital.”