Divers drown in mining pond during search-and-rescue operation

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Divers drown in mining pond during search-and-rescue operation

Six divers from the Shah Alam fire and rescue station drowned during a search and rescue operation at a mine in Selangor today.

According to the department's spokesperson, the divers were involved in the search of a 17-year-old boy who had fallen in the Putra Perdana mining pond, near the La Cottage housing area, at around 7pm.

The bodies of all six divers have been retrieved but the fallen victim is yet to be found.

"Medical personnel present at the scene made attempts to resuscitate the retrieved men, but to no avail.

"All six were pronounced dead at the scene," added the spokesperson.

The spokesperson further noted that information on the tragedy will be updated from time to time.

The 17-year-old had fallen into the mining pond during a fishing outing with two of his friends earlier in the evening.

Cyberjaya Fire and Rescue station’s operations commander Roslan Long said an emergency call was received at 5.19pm and the search and rescue team arrived at the scene about half an hour later.

Roslan said the three of them had yet to start their fishing activities when one of them fell into the mining pond.

“The two friends then informed the nearby residents to contact the fire and rescue department,” he said, adding that the Water Rescue Team (PPDA) from the Shah Alam fire and rescue station is involved in the search and rescue operation.
 
Six?
@#$%*& ...
What could cause SIX diving (true diving, as opposed to a boat sinking, etc) fatalities at once?
Bad air?
Maybe it will turn out to be NOT directly dive related...?
 
Yeah....six divers all drowned during a search & recovery dive? I'm thinking ht Shah Alam fire & rescue station needs to cease its diving operations (assuming it has any divers left) until ALL its divers can undergo proper training. How in the hell do 6 trained S&R divers all drown simultaneously?
 
You have to think it was something toxic in the water - maybe heavy metals or leaching chemicals from the mining operation - to kill six of them.
Yep.....
 
You have to think it was something toxic in the water - maybe heavy metals or leaching chemicals from the mining operation - to kill six of them.

Possibly...? but that'd have to be some REALLY contaminated water (either extremely lethal chemicals, super high concentrations, or both) to kill THAT quickly.

But, I guess you just need to be incapacitated under water to drown...
 
My original guess was bad air as well.

Found this other article, but it also sounds a bit off:

Six Malaysia's Fire and Rescue Dept divers die in rescue mission

"Suddenly a strong current occurred in the area causing all victims to spin in the water while all their equipment came off of them," he told reporters when met at the scene.

He said all the victims struggled in the water for about 30 minutes while other personnel tried to rescue them but all of them were found unconscious when they were pulled out of the water.​
 
Bad air... If the water was that toxic as some have proposed as the issue, how would fish survive (report was the initial victim was there fishing)??????
 
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