Thursday, 4 December 2008


10-Year-Old Boy Feared Drowned
By Arnie PDH Ishak

Bandar Seri Begawan - A 10-year-old boy is feared drowned while swimming at Tungku Beach.

Four siblings who were swimming in only knee-deep water with their aunt yesterday afternoon were dragged in by a freak wave. The aunt was able to save three of the four siblings, who are now at the RIPAS hospital in stable condition at press time.

The fourth sibling, approximately three and a half feet tall and wearing a black football t-shirt and black shorts, is reported missing.

According to the Royal Brunei Police Force, they received a call around 5.15pm informing them that a boy is missing while swimming at the beach.

The Marine Police of the RBPF, along with seven

of theif divers, were deployed at the scene and assisted by officers and personnel from the nearby police stations.

Meanwhile, the Fire and Rescue Department received an emergency call at around 6.15pm. Ten Fire and Rescue personnel from the Jerudong Fire station headed by Superintendent Hj Sofian Hj Tahir, Commanding Officer of Operation `F', and 10 personnel from the diving unit of the Berakas Fire Station headed by Assistant Station Officer Md Haris Hj Zaini were deployed at the scene.

Divers from the Royal Brunei Police Force and Fire and Rescue Department went into the water around 6.45pm but operations were brought to a halt due to bad weather and strong waves.

The Fire and Rescue Department will be patrolling the shores in the area where the boy was last seen. Rescue operations will resume as soon as the weather returns to normal and divers will begin the search again assisted by boats and jet skis from the RBPF Marine Police.

Both the RBPF and the Fire and Rescue personnel said they will be at the scene until the missing boy is found.

The Fire and Rescue Department has also provided tents for protection from rain for anxious family members who are at the scene.

The Fire and Rescue Department and the Royal Brunei Police Force have advised the public not to bring children to the beach for swimming during rainy season and inclement weather and if they do go for a swim someone should watch over the children. -- Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin

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