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Thursday August 22, 2013 MYT 10:40:00 AM
Thursday August 22, 2013 MYT 10:57:52 AM
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Bentong Deputy OCPD Deputy Supt Wan Azharuddin Wan Ismail said a total of 21 personnel from the Police General Operations Force (PGA) Battalion 4 and Battalion 7 and Fire and Rescue have rappelled down the 200ft slope to search for more victims at around 9.45am.
"We have reports from relatives who could not contact their loved ones.
"The search and rescue efforts will continue until we are satisfied that there are no more victims," he told reporters at the site of the accident on Thursday.
He added that the search team would also be looking out to recover identification documents or valuables from the wreckage.
"22 bodies have yet to be identified and we hope to retrieve documents that may help to identify them," he said.
DSP Wan Azharuddin said once the personnel conclude their operations, a briefing would be held to determine when the wrecked bus could be hoisted up.
Meanwhile, Malaysian Institute of Road Safety (Miros) deployed a remote controlled hexacopter equipped with a high definition camera to assess the scene.
Officials from both Miros and Road Safety Department (JKJR) are at the scene to get a clearer picture of how the crash occurred.
The crash, which occurred at around 2pm on Wednesday claimed the lives of 37 of the 53 passengers aboard.
Survivors claim the brakes on the bus failed before it hit the divider and plunged into the ravine.
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