[Credits photo: Anthony]
Picture above shows the 3 unfortunate victims of the incident: (from left) James Khor Wan Kai, 20, from Penang; Yew Shy Gin, 21, from Sg Petani and Yew Ghim Chnieh, 20, also from Penang. Another friends of theirs, 22, who is in Accounting 2nd yr, managed to escape the scene with minor injuries and reported the incident to Kampar district police station.
Three students of the Tunku Abdul Rahman University (Utar) drowned after they were swept away by a sudden torrent of water at the Batu Berangkai waterfalls in Kampar.
The incident happened at about 5.30pm Sunday.
The body of James Khor Wan Kai, 20, was found at 9.40pm about 300m from the waterfalls by nearby villagers while that of Yew Shy Jin was found about an hour later by the search and rescue team.
The body of the third student, Yew Ghin Chnieh, 20, was found at 12.05am Monday, about 500m away.
Their bodies have been brought to the Kampar Hospital.
Perak Exco meber Datuk Dr Mah Hang Soon said the trio had gone to the waterfalls for a swim at about 5pm with another male student.
James Wan and Ghin Chnieh and the girl, Shy Gin, waded into the water first.
The 22-year old male accountancy student, who declined to be identified told Dr Mah that he had just stepped into the pool when a sudden torrent of water hit them and swept them downstream.
He managed to scramble out of the river with cuts and bruises on his body caused by tumbling over rocks in the fast flowing water.
Villagers said it had rained earlier but had stopped when the students went to the popular picnic spot. Apparently heavy rain was still falling upstream.
The survivor told rescuers that one man pullled out of the river and later took him to the Kampar police station to lodge a report.
This is the second tragedy to occur in the Kampar area in a week.
Do you think the main cause is heavy rain pour that cost them their life. What about soil erosion? Well, accidents happen now and again, just when we least expect it. Just when you think everything is OK, Fate comes to collect!
I found this tips in the internet, perhaps it will be help you notice the “signs” when you visit a waterfall next time by Ng.
“but remember SAFETY is your priority when going to such places as Malaysia do has lots of rains. Rain would causes havoc at those hill/mountain terrain
here are my experience n a little knowledge on SAFETY while you have fun at those waterfalls :
First sign of danger, you should see lots of dead leaves on the previously clear water which you are having fun in ! Be prepare to get out !
Second danger sign, the water become cloudy but still consider clear but do carried some fine sand with it, MUST get out of the water immediately !
Third n final danger sign – too late ! the ‘teh tarik’ kind of water already rushing toward you n swept you away !
all these may happen even without a single drop of rain at your fun place because it already started at up stream, many miles away, hence the water/storm are carrying tonnes of wild forces n destruction !
please remember safety n let your friends know as you may be too enjoy at that time but overlook those danger signs, i have had a near miss due to carelessness too ! but thanks God nothing bad happen !”
Observe river erosion creating waterfalls