13 lost trekkers rescued


  • Nation
  • Monday, 28 Apr 2003

BY ANDREW SAGAYAM

KUALA LUMPUR: The ordeal of 13 people who got lost in a jungle for 12 hours ended when they were rescued at the Klang Gates dam here. 

They were part of a group of 20, which included college students, who went jungle trekking at Bukit Batu Tabur on Saturday at 4pm. 

They broke up into two groups but when it started to rain, one group of seven people decided to turn back. 

The rest decided to continue scaling a 590m hill located more than 5km inside the jungle. 

About an hour later, they realised they were lost and began to contact the others through cellphones, saying that they had taken a wrong route. 

Their seven friends rushed to the Taman Melawati police station. 

A rescue team moved into the jungle at 9pm. Throughout the search, they kept in touch with the 13 people through cellphones. 

Since it was difficult to find their way through the jungle, the 13 were told to stay put at a certain location and wait until help arrived. 

The search continued until 5am when they were rescued. 

Ampang Jaya OCPD Asst Comm Azmi Hashim said that no one was injured, adding that the public should exercise care although the jungle was a common excursion site, and inform the authorities so they that could keep track of their location.  

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