The Jakarta Post
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, tribunjakarta.com 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)