IPOH: The search-and-rescue team has found human body parts, believed to be that of two female climbers who were reported missing in a water surge incident while climbing Gunung Suku, Simpang Pulai, here, Sunday (May 15).
Perak Fire and Rescue Department assistant director (operations) Muhammad Shahrizal Aris said the body parts were found under a pile of wood at 10.20am Monday (May 16).
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"We have found human body parts and the Malaysian Special Tactical Operation and Rescue Team (Storm) has brought them down before being sent to the Raja Permaisuri Bainun Hospital, here for further action.
"The body parts were found in a different location from where a human leg was discovered on Sunday afternoon. The leg was found in the waterfall area, located in the upper site while the body parts were found in the lower area,” he said when met by reporters at the Control Post On Scene in Kampung Pos Atap Baru here Monday.
Shahrizal said a total of 53 personnel from the Fire and Rescue Department, police, the Malaysian Civil Defence Force, Perak State Forestry Department, Perak Mountain Guides Association and the Cameron Highlands RCRC Communication Unit were involved in the operation.
On Sunday, Perak police chief Datuk Mior Faridalathrash Wahid said the two missing hikers were identified as See Su Yen, 32, and Ng Yee Chew, 46.
According to him, during the incident at about 5am, a group of 29 mountain climbers heard the sound of raging water and landslides on the mountain and decided to turn back.
However, he said while on the way down to the foot of the hill, raging waters hit the climbers and the two women mountaineers from Cheras and Klang, Selangor, were swept away by strong currents.
He said 27 climbers were later found safe by the rescue team.
Comm Mior Faridalathrash said the incident happened at the Gunung Suku Permanent Forest Reserve, which is located about a three-hour walk from the main road and about a 32km drive from the Simpang Pulai police station. - Bernama