Boy drowns during family outing at Malacca beach

Kelly Koh

ALOR GAJAH: A weekend family outing at a scenic beach in Tanjung Bidara here turned into tragedy when a teenage boy drowned while swimming.

In the 9am incident, Muhammad Hamdani Mohd Asri went swimming near the beach with his brother, Redzuan Ariff Mohd Asri, 24.

But the brothers soon found themselves in difficulty and struggled to remain afloat.

Redzuan was rescued by members of the public at 11am and was rushed to the Alor Gajah hospital, while a search and rescue operation was mounted to locate Hamdani at 12pm.

Hamdani’s body was found at 12.30pm, some 20 metres from the beach.

It is learnt that the two youths and their family arrived in Malacca just yesterday for a family vacation.