The selfless, heroic act of a 16-year-old boy turned into tragedy as he drowned after rescuing four boys from a 3-metre deep creek in Sungai Perupok Tikat, near Jalan Pantai Cahaya Bulan here, NST reported.
The victim was identified as Wan Muhammad Azammudin Wan Aznan, who was from the same village. His was body was later discovered at the bottom of the river about an hour after the incident.
Kelantan police chief Datuk Shafien Mamat said the four boys, aged between 9 to 14 went to the river around 5pm to play when one of them started having trouble staying afloat.
“The others tried to help their friend but they too started getting pulled into the river. Seeing this, Azammudin, who was at the riverbank, immediately jumped in to rescue the four boys. Azammudin managed to save the boys but he was swept away in the process,” he said.
A search party comprising of police and firefighters, together with the help of villagers later searched for the missing teenager and managed to locate the teen’s body at the bottom of the river at about 6:40pm.
The body was then handed over to the police to be send to Raja Perempuan Zainab II Hospital for a post-mortem.