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SAR team found lost climber

7:31pm 27/12/2015 Ann Vivien 1 views Current Issue,National
Gunung Semangkuk

Gunung Semangkok

KUANTAN: A mountain climber who was feared to have lost his way while participating in an expedition on Gunung Semangkuk near Fraser’s Hill, Raub was found safe by a search and rescue (SAR) team this morning.

Zone II Fire and Rescue Department Senior Officer Shahrin Yusmar Mat Yusof said the victim, Ahmad Suffian Jamak, 23, was found to be exhausted in an area known as the Twin Peaks among climbers at about 9 am.

“The victim was found safe, but he was exhausted after being separated from the other members of the group. An operation to bring down the victim is being carried out and he is expected to arrive at the starting point of the climb at 3
pm,” he said when contacted by Bernama, here today.

Shahrin Yusmar, who headed the SAR operation, said the rescue team had earlier found three other friends of the victim, including a female youth at 4.50 am on the 1,824-metre high mountain.

The group, aged between 16 and 35, was reported to have separated from the main group and the victim while coming down from the mountain.

Earlier, Ahmad Suffian together with 21 other climbers, comprising 12 males and 10 females, all from Kuala Lumpur, were reported to have begun the climb up Gunung Semangkuk at 3 am on Friday, which was a public holiday.

However, the group started to be broken up into several smaller groups.

The majority of them managed to arrive at the starting point yesterday afternoon, and upon realising that there were other members of the group including the victim and his three friends who had not returned at 7 pm yesterday, one of the group members had contacted the authorities for assistance.

A SAR operation was later mounted by 24 officers and men from the Raub, Lipis, Genting Highlands, Temerloh, Kuantan and Indera Mahkota Fire and Rescue Stations.

The operation was also assisted by the police, Civil Defence Department and members of the public.- BERNAMA

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