LAST 2 VIC­TIMS LAID TO REST

Boys’ bod­ies were found by an­glers and rescue team

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THE re­mains of Mohd Ikhwan Mohd Rid­huan and Muham­mad Ai­man Ka­marul, who drowned on Fri­day, were re­cov­ered and laid to rest here yes­ter­day.

The two went miss­ing after be­ing swept away while fish­ing with six friends at Sun­gai SKC near Kam­pung Timah here.

In the 5.20pm in­ci­dent on Fri­day, five drowned while Ikhwan and Ai­man were re­ported as miss­ing. One vic­tim sur­vived.

The first vic­tim to be found yes­ter­day was 10-year-old Ikhwan whose body was re­trieved from the river­bank of Sun­gai Se­lan­gor at 10.20am, 6km away from where he went miss­ing.

The body of Ai­man, 12, was found at 1.15pm near a wa­ter pump 13km from where he went miss­ing.

The five con­firmed dead ear­lier are broth­ers Shahrizwan Ab­dul­lah, 10, and Shahrizat, 12, Mohd Iskan­dar Shah Ab­dul­lah, 11, Mohd Ai­man Fitri Md As­madi, 12, and Amirul Hakimi Khairul Amru, 9.

Ikhwan and Ai­man were buried side by side at the Bukit Beruntung Mus­lim Ceme­tery here after asar prayers.

Hulu Se­lan­gor dis­trict po­lice chief R. Supra­ma­niam said Ikhwan’s fa­ther, Mohd Rid­huan Ab­dul­lah, iden­ti­fied his son’s body at the Kuala Kubu Bharu Hospi­tal after the Hulu Se­lan­gor Fire and Rescue Depart­ment per­son­nel fished the body out from Sun­gai Se­lan­gor.

“Ikhwan’s fa­ther iden­ti­fied his son based on the clothes and his physique as he could not recog­nise the face,” said Supra­ma­niam yes­ter­day.

Supra­ma­niam said Ai­man’s 21year-old brother iden­ti­fied his sib­ling’s re­mains at the hospi­tal.

He said Ai­man’s body was found float­ing by a group of an­glers who later alerted the au­thor­i­ties.

“Our search was fo­cused within the 5km ra­dius but I be­lieved strong cur­rents must have swept the bod­ies fur­ther away,” he said.

Kuala Kubu Bharu Fire and Rescue Depart­ment chief Kamil Ha­madan said a 10-men searc­hand-rescue team on two boats spot­ted Ikhwan’s body on the river­banks of Sun­gai Se­lan­gor.

He said 192 per­son­nel took part in the joint SAR op­er­a­tion to lo­cate the two miss­ing chil­dren. Page 1 pic: Fa­ther of late

Mohd Ikhwan, Mohd Rid­huan Ab­dul­lah (right), con­sol­ing grief­stricken Ka­marul Arif­fin Os­man, who lost his son Muham­mad Ai­man in the fish­ing tragedy, in Bukit Beruntung yes­ter­day. PIC

MOHD YUSNI ARIF­FIN

PIC BY MOHD YUSNI ARIF­FIN

Friends and rel­a­tives at­tend­ing the burial of Muham­mad Ai­man Ka­marul and Mohd Ikhwan Mohd Rid­huan in Bukit Beruntung yes­ter­day.

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