Chin Ah Looi was killed in a freak accident when she slipped on the edge of a lake while saving a tortoise in Bandar Seri Botani near Simpang Pulai.

IPOH: A housewife fell to her death after slipping on the edge of a lake while saving a tortoise here yesterday.

Ipoh police chief ACP Sum Chang Keong said the incident occurred at about 9.30am when the victim, Chin Ah Looi, 57, who was exercising in Bandar Seri Botani near Simpang Pulai, saw the tortoise in the park.

"The victim tried to save the tortoise (by carrying it from the park and releasing) it into the lake.

"While the victim was standing on the edge of the lake (after dropping in the tortoise), she slipped and fell and is believed to have been pierced by a piece of mangrove wood before falling into the lake," he said in a statement.

Sum said an auxiliary policeman, who saw the incident, tried to pull the victim to safety before contacting the ambulance and police station for help.

He said the victim was pronounced dead by a medical team after arriving at the scene, and the body was taken to the Hospital Raja Permaisuri Bainun Forensics Department for an autopsy.

He said the autopsy revealed that the death was caused by a chest injury due to a stab wound.

"The investigation also found no trace of criminal elements, and the case has been classified as sudden death," said Sum. -- BERNAMA

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