2 young cousins, 16, drown while fishing in Malaysia

KOTA TINGGI - Two young cousins who loved fishing drowned while doing what they enjoyed most - the latest in a spate of such tragedies in the country.

The bodies of Mohammad Albar Donar and Melson Abdullah, both 16, were found at Pantai Che Minah in Desaru here yesterday.

The victims, who were students of SMK Seri Alam 2 in Pasir Gudang, had gone to the beach with their uncle and 10 friends at about 4pm on Wednesday for fishing.

The boys are said to share a love of fishing and often fished together with their uncle at the beach during the school holidays.

Kota Tinggi Fire and Rescue Department (Zone Two) operations officer Raja Mohd Arif Mohd Shamsudin said yesterday the children were believed to have been pulled into deeper waters by strong currents as they were fishing.

He said their uncle, who had tried to save the boys but failed, immediately contacted the department for help.

He said 10 personnel were deployed to the beach to search for the boys.

He added that the body of Mohammad Albar was found at about 10.25am while that of Melson's was located some two hours later.

On Dec 19, a holiday outing at the Belukar Bukit waterfall in Hulu Terengganu left nine-year-old Mohd Hasif Abdul Halim traumatised and orphaned after watching his family members being sucked into the strong currents.

He lost his father, engineer and imam Abdul Halim Samian, 44, mother Nurul Adila @ Salwati Awang, 39, as well as sisters Nurul Arifah, 16, Nurul Aina, 11, and Nurul Izah, 10. The family was from Kuala Selangor.

On Monday, 17-year-olds Muhammad Naim Adnan, from Batu Pahat, and Mohd Wafiq Mohd Nor, from Yong Peng, were pulled in by strong waves during a school outing at Rhu 10 beach in Setiu, Terengganu.