Almost A Tragedy.
after months of contemplating, i finally moved my butt around 5:00 pm on last Friday to go to Jeram Toi located along the new hilll scenary road of Kuala Klawang - Jelebu. it take slightly less than 30 minutes of casual drive from my in-law's home in Lenggeng. a long with me were my three sons and two nieces.
there were two man made ponds. the first is the shallow pond for kids complete with two slides. the other pond located next to it on higher ground is for adult. must be deeper and not sure how deep. it has been raining for days and the water a bit coloured.
my kids and my nieces straith jumped into the ponds. i have to monitor them all especially my yougest sons. he is a bit phobia to the water and just playing by the banks on his own. the rest happily swimming and playing the water in the ponds.
i noted there were steady heavy water gushing and falling down along the waterfalls. must be due to the rain. the current was a bit strong oso. there were few area that could be tidy up and improved as they would impose a danger and hazard especially to smaller kids. thus i can't go anywhere but continue to watch over them.
about half an hour later i told them to get out of the water and we head to the larger and deeper pond. it is deep allrite. my sons and my nieces even afraid to go into the pond. and i told them do not go into the pool. as i looking around for a good and safe place to put my shirt and porch and i turned my back to the pond suddenly there were a big sound of people jumped into the water. when i looked it was my second son. he was struggling in the water. a few seconds passed. i told my 11 year old niece to jump and get my son out of the water. but he seemed scared and did not move a muscles. another few seconds passed away. as my son started to submerged under the water then i have no choice but to jump and save him.
i managed to grab my son and pulled him and put his head above the water. but to my horror my feet cant even touched the bottom of the pond without being submerged and am struggling to float with my both hands holding my sons. am fighting the strong current as well. i lost all the rationale. i forgot how to float. i can't even swim to the pond side where they have built a concrete stairs into the pond as i have to go against the strong current. tried few times but failed. each time am trying to stay afloat again and again. my visibility also was not good as i forgot to take off my glasses before i jump.
then luckily my feet managed to step on one big stone at the bottom of the pond. i managed to put my head out of the water and holding my son at the same time. i tried to stay calm for a moment and at the same time looking around. that valuable few seconds i managed to think that it wud be better that i let my son and myself to be drifted by the current to the end side of the pond wall and climb to safety. managed to do just that.
my son looked a bit traumatised. but he didnt cry tho he looked a bit shocked by the ordeal. he just keep his silence.
later on i jumped into the water on my own trying to measure the deep of the pond. it must be at least 7 or 8 feet for the deepest floor. there were some part that less deep but the current will drift you towards the deepest area which is the other end of the pond. i managed to swim against the current. but for a few tries only. it was difficult. and i lost my breathe.
when i jumped to save my son i didnt take off my porch. all things inside it all wet. they were :
a. handphone. terus mati henpon tu.
c. car key
e. cigarrette, i threw them away.
the car remote alarm was wet and i cant get into the car without causing the alarm goes off. managed to disconnect the alarm sounder. but i dont know how to reset the alarm and to ignite the car. fortunately later on the guy who parked his car next to mine know how to and taught me how to do it. then off we drove home.
the car's alarm remote can work perfectly the next day. so with the lighter. but the handphone is not. it was badly soaked in the water. i just have to write it off. surprising my wallet and it contents suffered a very little and minimal damaged.
it was almost a tragedy. wud it deter me from going there again? nope. i will be better prepared next time. :D