Body of drowned teen found in mining pool where six firemen died

Six rescue divers drown in Malaysia after being caught in whirlpool as they searched for teen

Six rescue divers drown in Malaysia after being caught in whirlpool as they searched for teen

The six divers were caught in a strong "whirlpool" during the operation.

Six divers trying to rescue a 17-year-old teen who fell into an abandoned mining pond in Malaysia have drowned after currents caused by heavy rains sucked them into a whirlpool, officials say. The teenager is believed to have fallen in the pond while fishing on its banks with two friends.

They had been following all safety procedures and were all wearing complete diving equipment prior to entering the water, Sepang district police chief ACP Abdul Aziz Ali said, according to the BBC.

Mr Mohammad Hamdan Wahid, fire and rescue department director-general, said the divers who died during the search encountered strong undercurrents that spun them around in the murky water.

He added that the victims had struggled for about 30 minutes before they were pulled out of the mining pond.

"The personnel however did not respond and were pronounced dead".

Four of the victims - Mohd Fatah Hashim, Izatul Akma Wan Ibrahim, Mazlan Omarbaki and Yahya Ali - belonged to the Port Klang Fire and Rescue station.

The other two victims, identified as Adnan Othman, 33, and Muhammad Hifdzul Malik Shaari, 25, were members of the Water Rescue Unit from the Shah Alam Fire and Rescue station.

He added that the accident was an unprecedented tragedy for the country's fire service, which had never lost more than two personnel in any individual operation.

The search for the missing youth is continuing, he said. "This is a very sad day for us".

Mohammad Hamdan said the department would look into the welfare of the divers' families, including compensation and insurance.

The tragedy is the first in the history of the department involving a unit of its personnel killed at one time.

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

The divers' bodies will be taken back to their hometowns to be buried. It seemed like I was in a dream.