KOTA KINABALU: The death of German tourist Victoria Poulsen, who fell from the 4,095m Mount Kinabalu, was a “one in a million” incident, said Sabah Parks chairman Tengku Datuk Dr Zainal Adlin Tengku Mahmud.
He said accidents or mishaps, even fatal ones, were rare on the mountain, which has attracted over a million people who had climbed up safely for the past 35 years.
“Trekking up the mountain is safe. What is crucial is that climbers must always abide by the rules and regulations,” he said yesterday.
He said trekkers are given safety briefings about the do’s and don’ts prior to their climb.
In light of the latest incident, however, Tengku Adlin said Sabah Parks would make a review of its Standard Operating Procedures for trekkers, particularly on how rules could be better enforced.
He acknowledged that the move might be difficult to implement.
“We have to see how to minimise instances of people wanting to go to areas that are off limits at 6am on the mountain,” he said.
He added that limiting the number of people going up to the summit might be another measure.
On Monday, Poulsen had reportedly fallen down a 30m steep slope after stepping beyond a rope fence and onto an area of loose rocks on the summit. Police have classified the incident as a misadventure.