Sad twist in mission to rescue goats


  • Nation
  • Saturday, 17 May 2003

BY R.S.N. MURALI

SEREMBAN: Rescue workers abseiled a 40m-high boulder at the Highway Quarry site in Labu, near here, yesterday to save three mountain goats (kambing gurun) trapped on a limestone hill.  

However, their daring efforts were not fully rewarded as one of the goats died minutes after it was brought down. 

At press time, the other two goats were still trapped on the hill and the operation had to be temporarily called off at 9pm because it was dark.  

Eight personnel from the Civil Defence Department had equipped themselves with safety gear to rescue the goats which had been trapped for two days. 

Operations commander Chan Yuet Loong said they had to drive through an uneven and bumpy stretch to reach the site situated nearly 3km from the main excess road.  

He said they managed to hoist the three goats all together but the rope suddenly snapped causing two of them to fall off and remain trapped in between giant boulders. 

“The other goat was hoisted down but got its neck entangled,” he said, adding that the animal died a few minutes later after reaching the ground. 

Chan said they tried to revive the animal but it was too late.  

“We hope to continue with the operation when dawn breaks by deploying more personnel and using safety belts to lift the animal to safety,” he said. 

Chan said it was the first time the department was involved in such a task and would use their experience in future animal rescues.  

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