Picnic At Tempios Waterfall Turns Tragic, Dad, 2 Daughters Drown

Firemen and villagers help carry the remains of of of the victims to the ambulance. - Photo credit Bomba Ranau
Firemen and villagers help carry the remains of of of the victims to the ambulance. – Photo credit Bomba Ranau

By THE BORNEOTODAY TEAM
RANAU – A man and his two daughters drowned while bathing at Kampung Tempios waterfall, Sungai Nunuk Ragang, here Friday afternoon.

The deceased were identified as Josep Jami, 44, and his daughters Esmerelbe Gene Josep, 20, and Eheishia Gene Josep, eight.

The operation centre of the Sabah Fire and Rescue Department in a statement said the bodies were retrieved by the public before they arrived at the scene.

“We found the three unconscious when we arrived and had to await the arrival of medical personnel before we could confirm that they had died,” said the statement.

It took firemen, led by Wasli Saupin in a four-wheel drive vehicle just to reach of the tragedy which was some 52km away from here.

Kampung Tempios waterfall, Sungai Nunuk Ragang
Deceptively calm, the Kampung Tempios waterfall along the Sungai Nunuk Ragang took 3 lives Friday.

It was said that the family of seven had earlier gone to the waterfalls for a picnic.

It was believed that the youngest girl got herself into trouble and the elder sister went to her assistance, before Josep went in to help.

All three got into difficulties due to the swift undercurrent and soon disappeared underwater.