'Lost' scouts 'find their way 'out of jungle


  • Nation
  • Monday, 16 Jun 2003

BY BEH YUEN HUI

KUALA LUMPUR: Three scouts, including a teenager, had to spend a night in the jungle with only a compass and some matches after being separated from their group on a hill near Sungai Congkak, Kajang. 

The three – scout leaders Mohd Yusof Kamaruddin, 40, and Mohd Faisal Hashim, 35, and scout member P. Dinish, 13, – made their way out of the jungle unhurt at 10am yesterday. 

They were part of the Malaysian Scouts Federation’s expedition group, comprising 90 scouts from 10 secondary schools in Kajang and seven leaders. 

The group camped at the 29th kilometre of the Sungai Congkak road before hiking to the hill near the river at 10am on Saturday. 

SAFE AND SOUND: Dinish thanking Mohd Yusof (left) and Mohd Faisal in Sungai Congkak Sunday for their help in accompanying him in the jungle.

Since Dinish, a student from Sek Men Yu Hua, was having difficulties catching up with the group, Mohd Yusof and Mohd Faisal stayed to accompany and help him along the way. 

When it became dark, the three were unable to catch up with the group. 

They then decided to rest near the river for the night as they did not have a torch with them. 

The rest of the group members, who had made their way out of the jungle at 5pm on Saturday, lodged a report several hours later when they failed to locate the three. 

Hulu Langat OCPD Asst Comm Gingkoi Seman Pancras said a 20-man team, including personnel from the General Operations Force and a tracker dog unit, conducted a search at the hill after receiving the report at 9pm on Saturday.  

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