JASIN: A seven-year-old girl drowned after falling into a septic tank at Sekolah Rendah Agama Jaim Parit Penghulu Benteng Monday evening.
Raja Nur Najjwa Ariana Raja Mohamad Hahrunizam was believed to have fallen into one of four 3.7 metre deep septic tanks while playing with friends during recess in the 4.45pm incident in Sungai Rambai.
Merlimau Fire and Rescue Station chief Fire Superintendent Masri Ibrahim said the station received an emergency call at 4.54pm and arrived at the scene 16 minutes later.
"The victim had fallen into one of the four sewage tanks which are connected in one large tank full of human waste about 3.7 metres deep.
"We had to pump out half of the sewage water before the victim was found at 5.30pm," he told reporters.
He said the body of the victim was sent to the Muar Hospital for a post-mortem. - Bernama