Mohd Shahrulnizam Zulkarnain, an eleven year old school boy, died yesterday despite receiving medical assistance at the Tuanku Jaafar Hospital (HJTS). At approximately 2:15pm in the afternoon, it was discovered that he had drowned in the Paroi Sports Centre Swimming Pool in Seremban. Shortly after that, he was rushed straight to the hospital. Unfortunately, despite the efforts of the medical staff, they were unable to revive him.

Earlier in the day at about 1:30pm, Shahrulnizam along with some of his schoolmates decided to head over to the public swimming pool owned by the Seremban Municipal Council after the end of their school’s Annual Sports Day at Stadium Tuanku Abdul Rahman, which is located just beside the pool. He was actually supposed to return straight home after the event, but eventually he relented after being persuaded by several of his school mates to go swimming instead. When he was found, numerous members of the public assisted by alerting authorities before he was taken to HJTS.

According to his eldest sister, his family were informed of his death when they arrived at the hospital. “We are shocked as at first we were informed that he received resuscitation aid for about five to ten minutes at the  location after he was pulled out from the water. “In this case we do not want to blame anybody yet but his loss would be felt as Shahrulnizam who is the fourth of five siblings was the only boy in the family,” she stated.

Meanwhile, Shahrulnizam’s school headmaster, Ismail Mat Isa, mentioned that the school was left in shock when they were notified about one of their students drowning there. Ismail, who had rushed to the scene, was not able to identify the student as he was only informed by other students. “I was shocked to know this and did not foresee this happening as we have given strict instruction for all pupils to  head home after the sports day ended. All teachers made sure the stadium where we held the  sports day is void of any pupils before we left the area,” he said.

This could be the very first drowning incident at the swimming pool. As of now, there still has not been any confirmation on whether there was a lifeguard on duty during the incident. Based on checks that were conducted immediately after the incident, no lifeguards were spotted. For the full story, do refer over here.

Happy Fish Swim School would like to remind all swimmers not to enter the pool if there are no lifeguards on duty. It doesn’t matter if you’re a strong swimmer or not as drowning can happen to anyone. If you would like to arm yourself with water survival skills, do check our website on the courses we have to offer.