UPDATE: Edward’s body found 7 km from fall location

By Balqis Jazimah Zahari

MUALLIM: The search for a missing 8-year-old boy who was believed to have drowned in the area of Lubuk Gelap, Simpang Empat here last Saturday afternoon ended when his body was found today.

The victim, Edward Grang Anak Jenggut, was found by the rescue team at 12:35 p.m, about 7.3 kilometers (km) from the scene.

Muallim District Police Chief, Superintendent Mohd Hasni Mohd Nasir said, as a result of the search and rescue (SAR) operation carried out by the K9 Unit, the fire and rescue team had managed to find a victim’s body stuck in a gap in a tree in the river area near Kampung Lambak about 7.3 kilometers (km) from the scene.

“The body was then taken to Slim River Hospital for the post-mortem process,” he said in a statement here today.

He said, therefore, the police advised the public who visit recreational areas, especially those involving waterfalls, to ensure the safety of themselves and their families while at the location and to wear safety vests so that nothing untoward happens.

Earlier, last Saturday, the media reported that an eight-year-old boy was missing and believed to have drowned, while swimming in the river near Teratak River View Lubuk Hantu, Simpang Empat, Tanjung Malim.

The victim is believed to have fallen into the river and was swept away.

Following that, the police together with the fire and rescue agency, the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency immediately launched a SAR as soon as they received the information on the day of the incident.

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