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05 Oct
  • By Aizhana Danabekova

Six rescue divers drown trying to save teen in Malaysia

In Malaysia, in the state of Selangor, six divers have drowned during a rescue operation. The divers were looking for a 17-year-old teenager who disappeared the day before when he was fishing on the shore of a reservoir with his friends. According to the local authorities, the rescuers fell into a whirlpool, and because of sudden strong currents they lost some of the equipment and failed to swim.

According to Abdul Aziz Ali, a local police chief, the divers followed all safety measures. Besides, the rescuers had all the necessary equipment for diving; they were also connected to a single chain. The police chief told state news agency Bernama that a strong current “caused all victims to spin in the water,” adding that this caused their equipment to come off. “A whirlpool had formed at the area, and a team on the banks said they saw the six divers struggling to get out,” Fire and Rescue Department director-general Mohammad Hamdan Wahid told the New Straits Times. The rescuers were in the water for about 30 minutes while their colleagues tried to save them. However, all six were unconscious when they were taken out of the water, and they could not be reanimated. “This is the first time as many as six personnel died,” Mohammad Wahid told.

On Thursday, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohammad expressed his condolences to the families of men. Also, condolences to the relatives were heard from their colleagues from the fire and rescue department of the country. In turn, Malaysian social media users publish portraits of divers and condolences to their families.

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Aizhana Danabekova holds a BA in International Relations and is currently studying for an MSocSc in Cultural Sociology at University College Dublin. She started her career in journalism in Almaty, Kazakhstan at Deutsche Allgemeine Zeitung newspaper.  She wrote articles about different cultures and led the title “Let’s learn Kazakh”.