Six Malaysian divers have died after they were caught in a strong whirlpool while trying to save a teenager trapped in a disused mining pool. According to local reports, two friends of the boy had frantically sought help from people nearby as the teenager struggled in the water,
The divers were Mohd Fatah Hashim, 34, Izatul Akma Wan Ibrahim, 32, Mazlan Omarbaki, 25, and Yahya Ali, 24, from the water rescue unit of the Port Klang Fire and Rescue station. Others include Adnan Othman, 33, and Muhammad Hifdzul Malik Shaari, 25, who were members of the water rescue unit from the Shah Alam fire station.
According to Sepang district police chief Abdul Aziz Ali, the divers had followed standard operating procedure by having full equipment and were tied to a single rope.
Mr Aziz told state news agency Bernama that a strong current “caused all victims to spin in the water”, adding that this caused their equipment to come off.
“A whirlpool had formed at the area and a team on the banks said they saw the six divers struggling to get out,” Fire and Rescue Department director-general Mohammad Hamdan Wahid told the New Straits Times.
The men were in the water for about 30 minutes while their colleagues tried to rescue them. All six were unconscious when they were pulled out of the water and could not be resuscitated.