JOHOR BAHARU: Two siblings drowned while their uncle and grandmother are still missing after the raft they were travelling overturned at Sungai Bekok, Yong Peng, near Batu Pahat, today.
Batu Pahat deputy police chief, Supt Mender Singh said the incident which occurred near the Yong Peng Mosque at about 3 pm involved six others who were rescued.
“The two brothers who drowned were identified as Muhammad Iman Naqiudin Nas Izhar, 2 and Muhammad Ikhwan Nasaruddin Nas Izhar, 10 months, who were the children of a policeman.
“Their grandmother Lana Ismail, in her 50s and uncle, Mohd Aiman Hairaddin, 10, are still missing,” he said when contacted here today.
Mender said the six survivors were Hairaddin Masran, 58, Nor Diana Alisa Hairaddin, 31, Ali Abdul Raman Hairaddin, 28, Junaidah Yang, 28, Siti Farahida Hairaddin, 26, and Muhamad Ali An-naqi Abdul Raman, 2.
He said all 10 victims involved in the incident were related and preliminary investigations revealed that the family were on the raft to visit a goat farm on the other side of the river some 50 metres away.
He said the three-person capacity raft overturned midway, when it was hit by strong currents.
“The bodies of the siblings was sent to the Sultanah Nora Ismail Hospital in Batu Pahat for post-mortem while the search for the two missing victims continued,” he said.
Meanwhile, Yong Peng Fire and Rescue Department operations commander, Senior Officer II Ibnul Kasim Ahmad said they were informed of the incident at 2.54 pm.-BERNAMA