BESUT: A fun outing for eight friends turned into a tragedy when one from the group drowned in the waters off Pulau Perhentian yesterday.
The 22-year-old youth has been identified as Mohd Amirul Ihsan Sulong@Alias from Kampung Bukit Kuang, Kemaman.
District police chief Superintendant Mohd Zamri Mohd Rowi said Amirul and his friends were hanging out at Long Beach on the island at about 3.20pm.
Amirul was swimming with his friends at the beach here when three of them, including Amirul, encountered some difficulties.
Villagers nearby, who spotted the youngsters in trouble, came to their rescued.
Although the villagers managed to pull them in, Amirul was unfortunately pronounced dead.
Zamri said Amirul’s body has been sent to the Besut Hospital for a post-mortem, adding that the case has been classified as sudden death.