SANDAKAN – The body of a 11-year-old boy who drowned in Sungai Gum-Gum at Mile 16 Jalan Labuk was found Thursday night lodged in a nipah palm near Kampung Gum-Gum, according to the Sandakan Fire and Rescue Station.
Its operations chief, Haikal Jammy Ngali Abdullah, said villagers found the body of Mohd Helmizan Mohd Adizan at 8.40pm near Bridge 4 of the village.
A search-and-rescue team comprising personnel from the Fire and Rescue Service, Civil Defence Force and Police had called off the search for the day at 7.20pm due to failing light.
Mohd Helmizan fell into the swift-flowing river yesterday while bathing with several friends.
Meanwhile, three children under nine were held for selling lottery results in an operation Thursday, and were referred to the Social Welfare Department, police said Friday.
Sandakan Police chief ACP Mohd Azhar Hamin said the two girls and a boy were arrested in an operation conducted from 7pm to 10pm in the Sandakan, Ramai-Ramai, Leila and Nam Tung areas.
He said 25 people were checked in the operation but only the three children, aged between three and nine, were picked up from Sandakan.
Mohd Azhar advised parents to always be mindful of the whereabouts of their children.
“Monitor and ensure that children are not involved in crime and social ills,” he said.