Bukit Beruntung tragedy: Residents, school children perform prayers, search continues despite rain

DAWN CHAN

RAWANG: The downpour did little to stop a group of SKC Kampung Timah residents and Bukit Beruntung’s tahfiz school children from performing the ‘solat hajat’ for the safety of two missing boys, Muhammad Aiman Kamarul and Mohd Ikhwan Mohd Ridhwan, who were swept away by strong currents while fishing yesterday evening.

The group arrived near the scene where incident took place at about 4pm when it started to pour and despite that, proceeded to perform the prayers on a platform under two tents erected near the operation posts of the Selangor Fire and Rescue Department, the Hulu Selangor police, and other agencies.

At press time, the search and rescue mission to locate the two boys, aged 12 and 10, is on-going and Selangor Fire and Rescue Department assistant director of operations Mohd Sani Harul said 90 per cent of the search focused in the waters of Sungai Selangor.

“We have deployed three boats where my men are carrying a surface search for the boys and there are five scuba divers doing underwater search. Two dogs from the K9 unit havealso been deployed.

“The water in Sungai Selangor has been calm and we are searching within a radius of 1.5km from the convergence point of the arbitary and Sungai Selangor.

“But as of 12pm, we have not gotten any positive leads. We hope the rain would not be for long as this will put a damper to our search and rescue mission,” he told the New Straits Times.