I never expected such a tragedy, says dad of missing teen

The coffins of the six divers who died while searching for a teenager in a mining pool in Puchong. (Bernama pic)

PUCHONG: The father of the teenager who is feared to have drowned in a mining pool in Taman Putra Perdana here conveyed his condolences to the families of the six divers from the Fire and Rescue Department’s Water Rescue Unit (PPDA) who died while searching for his son.

Mohd Azzam Naim, 46, said he was shocked when informed of the situation.

“I never expected the operations to find my son, Mohd Ilham Fahmyn, to turn into such a tragedy,” he told reporters when met at the scene early this morning.

According to Azzam, the mining pool was not fenced and was a fishing haven for local residents as well as foreigners.

“In fact, two months ago it was reported that two men drowned there. I advised my son not to come here anymore, especially now that it rains frequently. I did not think he would come here with his two friends,” he said.

Azzam said his son, 17, asked for his permission to go out at about 4pm yesterday.

He only knew that the boy had slipped and fallen into the mining pool after he was told by another son at around 5pm.

“I hope my son is found soon,” he said.

Four of the six divers who died – Mohd Fatah Hashim, 34; Izatul Akma Wan Ibrahim, 32; Mazlan Omarbaki, 25; and Yahya Ali, 24 – were from the Port Klang fire and rescue station.

The other two, Adnan Othman, 33, and Muhammad Hifdzul Malik Shaari, 25, were from the Shah Alam station.