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Jakarta Post

South Tangerang boy drowns in water-filled construction hole

  • Ida I. Khouw
    Ida I. Khouw

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, November 8, 2018   /   04:45 pm
South Tangerang boy drowns in water-filled construction hole A man squats beside a water-filled hole excavated at the Cinere-Serpong Jaya toll road project in South Tangerang on Nov. 8. The pool claimed the life of a boy one day earlier. ( Rahman Thohir)

A deep pool of water in a recently excavated hole on a toll road project site in South Tangerang claimed the life of a 12-year-old boy named Zen Arif Yuniarto on Wednesday night. 

The boy's body was recovered from the hole on the Cinere-Serpong Jaya toll road project in Pondok Cabe Udik.

Zen was reportedly playing with five friends around the pool at about 5 p.m.

Two of them, including Zen, got into trouble while swimming in the deep water, reported on Thursday.

A nearby resident only managed to rescue Zen’s friend.  

Zen’s body was found at 8 p.m. after other residents searched the area using flashlights in the rain.

One of the rescuers, Ujang, 65, said the pool was about 5 meters deep.

“I often see [children playing around the pool] and warn them to not swim [there], but they are just children [who ignore warnings] when inspectors of the project are not around,” Ujang said.

A safety hazard signpost was only installed at the excavation site after the fatal incident, he added.

The 10.14-kilometer Cinere-Serpong Jaya toll road is currently under construction. It is expected to open in 2019. (sau)