Toddler dies in banana boat ride

Toddler dies in banana boat ride
A banana boat similar to the one Nur Hannan (inset) was riding on.

PORT DICKSON - A beach watersport operator's idea of "fun" led to the death of a 30-month-old girl who was flung into the sea during a "banana boat" ride.

The girl and her father, along with several other passengers on the banana boat, fell into the sea after an alleged stunt by the craft operator off Pantai Purnama, near here.

Police are investigating if his reckless act led to the death of little Nur Hannan Humairah Mohd Hafrisham.

Port Dickson OCPD Supt Abd Wahab Harun said the toddler's father, bank officer Mohd Hafrisham Ismail, 29, from Kuala Lumpur, had brought his wife and their three children to the popular beach at about 4pm on Sunday.

"The child pestered her father to take her on the banana boat ride and they joined seven others for the ride at about 6.30pm, while the mother and the two other children stayed on the beach.

"Since he was bringing along the child, the eldest of his children, the father had told the operator not to go too fast," Supt Abd Wahab told a press conference here yesterday.

However, as the banana boat was returning back to the beach, the operator is said to have performed a stunt - purportedly to add some excitement at the end of the ride - which caused all on board to be flung into the sea.

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