Friends surrounded one of the dead body of a Korean tourist who died while trying to rescue his friend.

KUCHING : A holiday by a group of Koreans to this city turned into a tragedy when two of them drowned and another in critical condition when swept by current while bathing at Pantai Damai, Santubong, near here Saturday.

Kim Sung Hyun, 20, and Jung Yo Han, 24, drowned while trying to save their colleague, a 24-year-old woman who was swept by the current while they were bathing at the beach.

The woman was saved by a Civil Defence Department personnel, identified as Abdul Razak, 45, who was on duty at the watch tower. She was rushed to the Sarawak General Hospital and reported in stable condition.

Damai Beach is located some 30km from Kuching city - a popular tourist spot in Sarawak.

The group of Korean tourists, comprising 24 people, arrived here three days ago in a chartered direct flight from Seoul and checked-in into a resort here at about 2pm today.

About an hour later, members of the group were seen bathing at the beach and were said to have ignored warnings by workers at the resort that it was not safe for them to do so as there was a red warning flag there.

A search party found Kim’s body at about 3.30pm while that of Jung’s about 40 minutes later, not far from where they were reported to be bathing.

Kuching district police chief ACP Mun Kock Keong confirmed the incident. — BERNAMA