Lone sur­vivor trau­ma­tised, re­fuses to speak about in­ci­dent

New Straits Times - - News -

RAWANG: Less than 12 hours after sur­viv­ing a fish­ing tragedy at Kam­pung Timah, Sun­gai SKC, on Fri­day, Muham­mad Shahir Az­man was whisked away by his fam­ily to Perak after the subuh prayers.

The jour­ney to Ipoh where his aunt lives was to calm the se­verely trau­ma­tised 12-year-old, who had lost seven friends in an in­stant when they were swept away by strong cur­rents while fish­ing at 5.20pm.

Shahir ’s fa­ther, Azm a n I smail, said his third child was shocked and would not speak of the tragic in­ci­dent for many hours.

“He be­came very quiet and kept to him­self but he is slowly be­gin­ning to speak, but not about the tragedy.

“We will give him time and words of com­fort and let him open up on his own.

“He is emo­tion­ally dis­turbed and we do not want to force him into talk­ing about it,” Az­man told the New Straits Times yes­ter­day.

Az­man, 47, said Shahir had com­plained of body aches as a re­sult of be­ing hit by a sud­den gush of wa­ter while fish­ing in the Sun­gai SKC trib­u­tary on that fate­ful rainy evening.

Az­man said Shahir’s aunt, a nurse, was tak­ing care of him dur­ing the week-long school hol­i­days.

Az­man said he had re­peat­edly warned Shahir about fish­ing dur­ing down­pours at the mon­soon drain.

“Each time, he promised he would not, but some­times, I am un­aware he has gone fish­ing. But after this in­ci­dent, I hope he heeds my ad­vice,” said Az­man.

Shahir was res­cued after hold­ing onto a rub­ber hose at a nearby bridge. His screams for help caught the at­ten­tion of a Bangladeshi who was pass­ing by. He threw Shahir a rope be­fore pulling him to safety.

Muham­mad Shahir Az­man

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