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by joseph kaos jr
Rescue personnel carrying one of the workers suffering from muscle cramps down Gunung Tebu. -Bernama
BESUT: A seemingly routine climbing expedition at Gunung Tebu here turned awry for 15 electronics factory workers when they became overwhelmed by exhaustion and bad weather.
The Penang-based workers, aged between 19 and 31, were forced to camp two hours from the peak after three of them suffered cramps and when it rained after climbing for seven hours.
“We decided it was impossible for us to proceed, so we stopped,” said Tharin Suwanmani, 30, after his team was rescued yesterday after being stranded for 19 hours.
“The rain was also heavy,” he added.
According to Tharin, who is from Perlis, most of the factory workers had never climbed a mountain before, and the activity was to have been a team-bonding exercise.
He said the situation became worse when eight females, who were part of the group, became hysterical at night.
“It was a harrowing experience,” said Tharin.
“I think some of us will think twice before going on such expeditions in the future,” he said, adding that their guide managed to call for help.
The 1,039m-Gunung Tebu is a popular climbing spot in Terengganu, and the river at the foothills is popular for picnics.
The journey to the summit stretches for nearly 10km from Lata Belatan, the usual starting point.
A 45-men team from the Fire and Rescue Department, Civil Defence Department, and the police, scaled the mountain at 8pm on Wednesday.
“We went up with stretchers,” said the rescue team’s leader Mustafa Ismail, who is from the Jerteh Fire and Rescue Department.
The climbers eventually made it back to the foothills at 2.30pm yesterday.
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