6 Malaysian rescue divers drown in disused mining pool while trying to save teen

Six Malaysian Fire and Rescue personnel drowned while trying to rescue a teenager from a disused mining pool in Taman Putra Perdana in Puchong, Malaysia at around 9pm on Oct 3.

According to The Star, the men, who were part of the rescue diving unit, were dragged away by strong currents during the rescue mission.

The 17-year-old boy had fallen into the mining pool while he was fishing with two others at around 5.50pm.

His two friends immediately went to seek help from nearby residents.

The Selangor Fire and Rescue Department subsequently managed to retrieve the six personnel and administered cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on them in an attempt to resuscitate them.

"The personnel however did not respond and were pronounced dead," said Selangor Fire and Rescue Department director Azmi Osman.

"Two of them are from the Shah Alam fire station while the other four are from the Port Klang fire station.

"The bodies have been sent to the Serdang Hospital for post-mortem examination," he said.

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