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11-year-old Thai boy drowns in Golok river

RANTAU PANJANG: An 11-year-old Thai boy drowned while swimming in the Golok river in Kampung Ibrahim Pencen here yesterday.

The body was found by a search and rescue (SAR) team about four hours after he was reported missing about 6pm.

A spokesman from the Rantau Panjang Fire and Rescue Department said the SAR team also consisted of several firemen from its Sungai Golok station.

He said nine firemen from the Rantau Panjang Fire and Rescue station rushed to the scene soon after receiving information on the case at 6.18pm.

"With the help of several villagers and the Thai authorities comprising police and a scuba unit, we managed to recover the body at about 10.40pm near the area where he was reported missing.

"The victim was confirmed dead by a Thai medical officer ," the spokesman said in a statement.

The boy's remains were later handed to Thai authorities.

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