By Shazni Ong
KUALA LUMPUR, 4 October 2016: A group of three young friends on a picnic outing today lost their life after drowning at Lubuk Jepun waterfall near Batu 16, Jalan Gombak Lama, local newspapers The Star and New Straits Times reported.
The tragic incident which happened around 10.40 am on Monday morning saw 22 year-old Muhammad bin Abdullah from the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) was with his five friends when his slipper fell into a gorge.
Muhammad tried to retrieve the slipper but slipped and fell into the whirlpool below.
Two of his friends, Azrul Hisham bin Azman and Mohd Sazwan bin Rahim, both 27, jumped in to try and save him but all three drowned in the swirling currents.
Selangor Fire and Rescue Department Assistant Operations Director, Mohd Sani Harul, said they received an alert on the incident at 10.41 am.
“Eleven firemen from Rawang were dispatched to the scene. Upon arrival, the team found that members of the public had retrieved the bodies,” said Sani.
The victims were pronounced dead by medical personnel from Selayang Hospital.
Gombak OCPD, Asst Comm Ali Ahmad, said the bodies were sent to Hospital Kuala Lumpur for post-mortem.
He added that the group arrived at the waterfall at 10.40am today.
“None of them had gone into the water yet. However, one of them slipped as he was trying to retrieve his slipper. “The victim fell into the four meter-deep water. His two other friends nearest him immediately jumped into the water to help their friend,” he said.
All victims drowned after being sucked into a whirlpool near the waterfall.
Azrul Hisham was a former IIUM student while Mohd Sazwan was doing his masters at Islamic Science University Malaysia. ***
Photo Courtesy: New Straits Times
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