PUCHONG, Oct 4 2018 : The father of a teenager who was feared drowned in a mining pool in Taman Putra Perdana here conveyed his condolences to the families of the six divers from the Fire and Rescue Department’s Water Rescue Unit (PPDA) who died while searching for his son.
Mohd Azzam Naim, 46, said he was shocked when informed of the incident.
“I never expected the operations to find my son, Mohd Ilham Fahmyn to turn into such a tragedy,” he told reporters when met at the scene early this morning.
According to Mohd Azzam, the mining pool was not fenced and was a fishing haven for the local residents as well as foreigners.
“In fact two months ago, it was reported that two men drowned there. I have advised my son not to come here anymore, especially now that it rains frequently. I did not think he would come here with his two friends,” he said.
Mohd Azzam said his son, 17 asked for his permission to go out at about 4 pm yesterday.
He said he only knew his son had slipped and fallen into the mining pool after he was told by another son at around 5 pm.
“I hope my son is found soon,” he said.
Four of the six divers who died were Mohd Fatah Hashim, 34, Izatul Akma Wan Ibrahim, 32, Mazlan Omarbaki, 25, and Yahya Ali, 24 from the Port Klang Fire and Rescue station.
The other two, Adnan Othman, 33, and Muhammad Hifdzul Malik Shaari, 25, were from the Shah Alam station.
Meanwhile, Selangor Fire and Rescue Department Zone 5 Operations Commander Izman Adnan said the operations to find Mohd Ilham Fahmi was resumed at 8 am today along 40 metres of the banks of the mining pool.
“The current was still strong in the mining pool and the team of divers will assess the situation before continuing the operations.
“It is understood that a team of divers from the Marine Police will carry out the SAR while in the case of the fire brigade, we have not yet determined where the Water Rescue Unit (PPDA) divers will be from,” he told reporters at the location today.
Asked if the technique of diving in groups would be used today, he said the department had not yet made a decision on it yet.
“It depends on the weather conditions and the current in the mining pool,” he said.
So far, the weather in the area seemed clear, while the victims’ family members had gathered there to observe the operations.
However, the media were not allowed into the area around the mining pool.– Bernama