Bukit Beruntung tragedy: Body of fifth victim, a 9-year-old, found just after midnight

HANI SHAMIRA SHAHRUDIN and KHAIRAH N. KARIM


RAWANG: A fifth body in the Kampung Timah Sungai SKC, Bukit Beruntung fishing tragedy, was found at 12.20am today.

The body was identified as that of nine-year-old Amirul Hakimi Khairul Amru.

Hulu Selangor police chief Supt R. Supramaniam said the body was discovered about 4km from the location where the group of eight schoolboys fell while fishing next to a bridge near the Bukit Beruntung Golf And Country Club at about 5.45pm yesterday.

He said the body was brought to the Kuala Kubu Bharu hospital for a post mortem.

The search radius has now been expanded to five kilometres as a result of the find.

Amirul was part of a group of eight children, aged between nine and 13, who were fishing next to a bridge at a river here when they slipped and fell into the water, and were swept away by strong currents.

All eight were pupils of Sekolah Rendah Taman Bunga Raya 1, and hailed from the nearby residential area of Taman Bunga Raya.

Mohd Shahir Azman, 12, the sole survivor, was rescued by a Bangladeshi man who was passing the area. They immediately alerted people nearby, who in turn, informed the authorities.

The victims who drowned include two brothers – Shahrizwan Abdullah and Shahrizat Abdullah. Their bodies were the first to be recovered at 6.44pm.

The other victims were Mohd Ikhwan Mohd Ridhwan, found at 9.47pm, and Mohd Aiman Fitri Md Asmadi, found at 9.58pm.

Two boys still missing have been identified as Muhammad Aiman Kamarul, 12, and Mohd Iskandar Shah Abdullah, 11.

The search for them continues.