RAWANG: The search and rescue operation for two missing boys, who are feared drowned, has been expanded to five kilometres.
The two were part of a group of eight children, aged between 10 and 13, who were believed to be fishing next to a bridge at a river here in Kampung Timah SKC, Bukit Beruntung.
It is believed that they were swept away by strong currents in the 5pm accident.
Hulu Selangor police chief Superintendent R. Supramaniam said the search area have been expanded after one of the victims were found about four kilometres away from the location where the children initially fell into the water.
The SAR team has been divided into two groups that will scour the areas under the bridge and river banks in their effort to search for the remaining two victims.
At press time, the missing boys have been identified as Muhammad Aiman Kamarul, 12, and Mohd Iskandar Shah Abdullah, 11.
All eight boys are pupils of Sekolah Rendah Taman Bunga Raya 1 and came from the nearby Taman Bunga Raya residential area.
“We will search (within the five kilometre) radius until tomorrow morning. If there is no positive sign we will go further than that,” Supramaniam told the New Straits Times.
The search and rescue team, he said, had installed a netting at about 6.30pm in a bid to stop the victims from being washed further away.
“We are praying that they are still within the radius,” he said.
One of the boys, Mohd Shahir Azman, 12, managed to hold on to a pole and shouted for help. He was rescued and so far, the only survivor.
Of the five victims who drowned in the ill-fated fishing incident were two brothers – Shahrizwan Abdullah and Shahrizat Abdullah.
The bodies of the brothers were the first to be recovered at 6.44pm.
The other victims recovered were Mohd Ikhwan Mohd Ridhwan at 9.47pm and Mohd Aiman Fitri Md Asmadi at 9.58pm.
Rescue team found the body of the fifth victim at 12.20am on Saturday. The body has been identified as Amirul Hakimi Khairul Amru, 9.