Two women may have drowned after they jumped into the Klang River near Little India in Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur, while trying to escape from a motorcyclist and his pillion rider.
Seputeh Fire and Rescue Department Chief Japari Tajudin said a group of women, believed to be Indonesians, were running away from two individuals on the motorcycle, reported The Star.
Five of the women jumped into the 1.2m-deep river, while another ran away.
They were aged between 18 and 20.
Three of the women were pulled from the river by anglers, but the other two were said to have been swept away by the strong currents, reported New Straits Times.
Ten firemen were sent to the scene after receiving a call at 6.55pm on Sunday.
"Three women were rescued by anglers, while the other two were believed to have been swept away by the currents. Our search operation will be extended to Kampung Pasir and Kampung Haji Abdullah Hukum. Their bodies could be stuck in the garbage traps in these two locations," he said.
Mr Japari said the rescued women were taken to the Brickfields police headquarters to record their statements.
"One of the women claimed that they were chased by two people on a motorcycle. They were scared, so they jumped.
"One of the women feared drowned was wearing a red dress. The other wore a white shirt and short pants," he added.
Brickfields police spokesman, Assistant Commissioner Muhammad Azlee Abdullah, confirmed the incident and said investigations were ongoing.
This article was first published on May 26, 2015.
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