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Safe and sound: Che Man (left) watching his officer taking statements from the four men who were found in a forest at the Malaysia-Thailand border. — Bernama
PADANG BESAR: Four men who were lost in a forest at the Malaysia-Thailand border while looking for stingless bee honey have been found.
The men, aged between 22 and 27, were found in the forest area at about 12.30am yesterday after a search was launched by the police, with help from the General Operations Force (GOF), Fire and Rescue Department and villagers.
Shahar Azizan, 27, Zulhelmi Johari, 27, Roshazizul Hassan, 26, and Mohd Fazil Mohd Akhir, 22, from Felda Mata Ayer, managed to get out after they noticed light coming from a GOF vehicle patrolling the area.
Padang Besar Police Chief Supt Che Man Md Dros said they made their way out guided by the light about half an hour after Malaysians ushered in the new year.
Based on interviews with the victims, he said the group had entered the dense forest without a flashlight at 5.30pm and lost their way when darkness set in.
Although the forest was not far from their village, they could not find their way out.
However, one of them who had carried a mobile phone managed to contact a friend to alert him of their predicament.
Che Man said they organised a search and rescue operation by forming two teams after receiving word of the case from villagers.
He added that the victims were found safe with no injuries. — Bernama
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