Puchong tragedy: Body of boy found in disused mining pond

The body of the boy who fell into a disused mining pond in Puchong was found 800m from where he was last seen. (Facebook pic)

KUALA LUMPUR: The body of the boy who fell into a disused mining pond in Taman Putra Perdana, Puchong, near here yesterday, has been recovered.

Rescuers recovered his body at 5.45pm today.

Sepang police chief Abdul Aziz Ali said the body of Muhammad Ilham Fahmy Mohammad Azzam, 17, was found floating about 800 metres from where he fell.

“The parents confirmed that it was their son,” he told reporters at the scene.

The body was sent to the Serdang Hospital for a post-mortem and the case has been classified as sudden death.

“I wish to thank all the teams involved in the SAR (search and rescue) operation,” Aziz said.

The boy’s father, Mohammad Azzam Naim, 46, expressed gratitude that his son’s body had been recovered.

“His remains will be buried at the Taman Putra Perdana Muslim Cemetery tonight,” he said.

The SAR operation for the boy yesterday turned into a tragedy when six members of the Fire and Rescue Department’s Water Rescue Unit died after being sucked into a whirlpool in the mining pool.

The boy had been out on a fishing trip with two friends when he slipped and fell into the pond, which also acts as a retention pond for floodwaters.

It had rained heavily before the tragedy happened. There were strong currents and whirlpools at the pond due to the fast overflow of rainwater into it.