26 people rescued from Gunung Gagau

HULU TERENGGANU: The first group of 26 people stranded for four days on top of Gunung Gagau near here, was rescued on Monday.

Terengganu Fire and Rescue Department deputy director Nor Mahathir said the group, comprising 22 staff of the Survey and Mapping Department and four General Operations Force members were found and taken out of the area via Sungai Cincin at 4.50pm by rescue personnel with cooperation from the police.

“Today, we managed to rescue the first group and we will resume the operation to help another group of 27 people still stranded on top of the mountain,” he said.

Nor said the rescue operation for the second group had to be postponed to Tuesday due to bad weather.

Iskandar Tangku Salleh, 34, said the two groups entered the mountain area on Dec 5 to carry out survey work on the Terengganu-Kelantan border.

“We completed the work on Dec 14 and were scheduled to return on Dec 19, but the helicopter that was supposed to pick us up could not land due to bad weather.”

He said they had to walk 12km in heavy rain to get out. - Bernama

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