Six divers trying to rescue a 17-year-old teen who fell into an abandoned mining pond in Malaysia have drowned after currents caused by heavy rains sucked them into a whirlpool, officials say.
The accident Wednesday night in Sepang, outside of the country’s capital of Kuala Lumpur, was the deadliest in the history of Malaysia’s emergency services department, according to its director-general.
“They had formed a human chain in an attempt to reach a nearby floodgate where they believed the drowned victim was located but one of the personnel missed his footing as they traversed the water,” Mohammad Hamdan Wahid told the Malay Mail.
“Strong undercurrents caused by heavy rain earlier then dragged all of them into a whirlpool where they subsequently drowned,” he added.
The rescuers were identified by government media as Mohd Fatah Hashim, 34, Izatul Akma Wan Ibrahim, 32, Mazlan Omarbaki, 25, Yahya Ali, 24, Adnan Othman, 33, and Muhammad Hifdzul Malik Shaari, 25, and a funeral was held for them Thursday.
The six men entered the water Wednesday around 9:15 p.m. local time after the teen fell in while fishing, according to Bernama, Malaysia’s state-run news agency.
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SOURCE: Fox News, Greg Norman