Swimming Tragedy: Three Boys Drown At Sungai Inanam Laut

Two policemen walk past the area where the three boys went swimming in the river Friday afternoon. – Photo credit PDRM Kota Kinabalu

KOTA KINABALU: Three friends who went for a swim at Sungai Inanam Laut after school classes, drowned, after two of them went to the assistance of a third who had disappeared in the murky waters Friday afternoon.

They were pulled out of the river in an unconscious state and were rushed to the Likas Hospital where all three died while receiving treatment, said Kota Kinabalu police chief, Assistant Commissioner M Chandra.

The boys were identified as Shahrizal Bin Azhar , 9, Haikal Faiz bin abdulla, and Mohd Kharil Bin Marisani, both 10.

Chandra in a statement said police received a call at 3.41pm that three boys had gone missing while swimming in the river.

He said one of the boys had disappeared under water and the two others went to his aid. However, all three were dragged under.

Family members, friends and curious on-lookers gather to watch rescuers combing the river.

A member of the public who saw the incident went to their rescue but was unable to find them. He then called up the police as well as the Fire and Rescue Department.

Rescuers found the boys close to where they had disappeared, and according to Chandra, all were unconscious when they were pulled out.

It is understood that the river was their usual playground.