KUCHING: A field trip turned tragic for a group of graduates when one of them died after suffering a seizure at Bako National Park near here.
On Sunday, one of 12 alumni members of Kolej Tengku Abdul Rahman (TAR) Kuala Lumpur surnamed Sim, contacted his father saying that his group was at the Yellow Blue site within the park.
He also mentioned that one of them had fallen unconscious and needed help to find their way out.
According to Tabuan Jaya Fire and Rescue officer-in-charge Tawang Lingem, Sim’s father immediately informed police about the incident.
"A rescue team was launched afterwards comprising police, Civil Defence Department personnel, fire-fighters and park rangers. When we located the victims, the unconscious female member was already dead," he said when contacted Monday.
The deceased was identified as Low Xie Yann, 20, from Taman Bukit Permata, Selangor.
"Her team-mates claimed that she seized and was frothing at her mouth before collapsing. Another fellow member also said Low had low blood pressure," Tawang said, adding that Low’s family had been informed about the incident.
He said the operation was delayed as rescuers had to pinpoint the location of the park visitors, as well as the changing of tides.
"We managed to bring the body to the park jetty around 5am to be brought to Sarawak General Hospital mortuary. The case is classified as sudden death for now, pending further investigation," he said.
Tawang urged visitors to Bako National Park to adhere to the rules and restrictions imposed by the operator.
"The graduates might have overlooked the signs or refused the service of park guides," he said, adding there were still areas at the park that did not have any trails.