AYER HITAM, Malaysia - An outing for a group of teenagers from Kampung Parit Tabor at a disused sand mining pool turned into a tragedy when one of them drowned.
Mohd Azhar Abdul Rahman, 16, was swimming with five others on Thursday evening when he experienced difficulty.
The others could not do anything to save him.
His body was found by Fire and Rescue Department officials at about 2.40pm on Friday.
He was the fifth victim at the dredge lake in a palm oil plantation since mining operations were discontinued a decade ago.
Mohd Azhar's father Abdul Rahman Rosli, 53, said he was at work in Ayer Hitam town when his nephew informed him of the incident.
He said Mohd Azhar, third from six siblings, was taking commercial vehicle transportation programme at a college in Kuantan and was home for the semester break.
"He said he was going out with his friends but I did not expect that he would go swimming here," he said when met at the scene.
Semarang assemblyman Datuk Samsol Bari Jamali said this incident was yet another lesson for everyone.
"Four people had drowned since the existence of the lake but tragedy happens again," he said, adding that he would raise the matter for necessary action to be taken to prevent a repeat of the incident.