MALACCA – A fireman from Melaka Tengah’s Fire and Rescue Department has passed away today after falling into a coma during a flood rescue at Kampung Sungai Putat yesterday (Oct 20).
Mohd Diya Che Jusoh, 46, breathed his last at the Melaka Hospital at 3:11 am while undergoing treatment, reported Bernama.
Kampung Sungai Putat was battered by heavy floods after days of non-stop rain, causing water levels to rise dangerously and trapping residents within their homes.
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Mohd Diya was part of the rescue team tasked with saving 14 flood victims.
Unfortunately, he lost his balance and was swept away by the strong currents while evacuating the victims, nearly causing him to drown.
Although he was brought to safety by a group of firefighters and villagers and rushed to the Melaka Hospital. Despite attempts to resuscitate him, Mohd Diya remained unconscious and sadly passed away.
Malacca’s Fire and Rescue Department director Abu Bakar Katain has since confirmed Mohd Diya’s death, adding that the latter had relied on breathing aid before he passed.
“We at the Melaka Fire and Rescue Department express our deepest condolences and are deeply saddened by the incident,” he said.
Mohd Diya was later buried at the Masjid An-Nur Krubong cemetery at 10 am today.
Prime Minister Ismail Sabri also extended his condolences to Mohd Diya’s family in a Facebook post, hailing the deceased’s bravery and sacrifice.
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