Search goes on for boy who fell in drain

PETALING JAYA - The search for an 11-year-old boy feared drowned in Cheras continues as the district Fire and Rescue station beefs up efforts to track him down.

District station chief Safiq Noor said there were new leads as to where the boy, Salman Mokhtar, could be found.

"We have received a report from a witness who saw him in a river in the nearby town of Sungai Chua in Kajang," he said.

Safiq said based on this information, the district station had set up a control centre at Universiti Kebang­saan Malaysia and would concentrate its efforts in Sungai Langat.

However, he said it could only continue its search today as river currents were particularly strong the night before.

It is learnt that additional manpower would be recruited from nearby fire and rescue departments to assist in the rescue mission.

Salman was reportedly crossing a small drain along Jalan Suasana 2/7 in Bandar Tun Hussein Onn at 4.30pm on Friday when he slipped and fell into it.

Rescuers from the Kajang fire station were the first to respond following an emergency call at 4.45pm.

He was presumed to have been washed away and rescuers have been combing the drainage system to find him.