By FARIK ZOLKEPLI-Star
HULU TERENGGANU: When a student saw his friend being swept away by strong currents at a waterfall, he jumped in to help him.
But he failed and both drowned at the Sekayu waterfall, deemed a prohibited area.
Mohd Hanif Izuddin and Mohd Azrul Azmir Maidin, both 17, were part of a group of Form 5 boys who had gone for a picnic at the waterfalls at about 11am Sunday to relax before immersing themselves in studying for their SPM examinations later this year .
One of the friends, Mohd Arif Harun, said he saw Mohd Arul swimming but he disappeared from that spot 10 minutes later.
“All of us frantically went searching for him and saw he was swept away,” he said.
Mohd Hanif was the fastest among them to act and quickly jumped into the water to save Mohd Azrul.
“Mohd Hanif swam fast to reach Mohd Azrul but in the end the current was too strong for both of them. It was the last time I saw my two friends alive,” he said.
The two bodies were recovered at about 12.51pm, stuck between boulders, further down the waterfall.
Hulu Terengganu Fire and Rescue department operations commander Kairul Anwar Bidin said the bodies had been sent to Hulu Terengganu Hospital for post-mortem.
“The boys have been swimming at a prohibited spot deemed dangerous for all visitors.
“We hope such tragedy can be a lesson to all in the future,” he said.