CAMERON HIGHLANDS: Three policemen who went missing in the jungle near Gunung Brinchang a week ago were found yesterday.
However, Lans Kpl Mohamad Amran Yahya, 39, Kons Nik Mohd Afizon Nik Ariffin, 24, and Kons Mohd Zulkhairi Zubir, 20, could not go home immediately – a helicopter to airlift them out of the jungle had to turn back 15 minutes later due to bad visibility caused by heavy rain.
As the rain did not stop until 6pm, the rescue effort was postponed to 8am today. They will then be sent to Tanah Rata Hospital for observation and treatment.
The three were among six policemen sent into the jungle last Sunday to search for five hikers who went missing a day earlier.
They were split into two teams. Three of them came out of the jungle when they could not locate the hikers. However, the other three could not find their way back.
On the other hand, the missing hikers emerged out of the jungle.
Cameron Highlands OCPD Deputy Supt Rooslan Radzi said the three policemen were found by a search and rescue team near a waterfall.
He said that 60 personnel including orang asli trekkers were involved in the search which began last Monday.
“They are in good health except for a few bruises. They are a little weak as they have been out there for seven days but we have given them food,” he said when met at Brinchang police station yesterday.
DSP Rooslan said the policemen depended on fruits in the jungle for their survival.
He said they could not be found sooner as there were many “unclear” trails leading into the jungle.
“We finally found them when they fired shots from their guns in response to shouts from the men involved in the search.”
Rosni Rathi, 32, the wife of Lans Kpl Mohamad Amran, was delighted with the news.
“I have been worried sick about him and have been having sleepless nights. I have been praying hard that he would be found and alive.
“He has gone on such rescue missions before but has never got lost,” she said.
Rosni, a housewife, said she would hold thanksgiving prayers later for her husband who is from Teluk Intan.
His brother Ridzuan Yahya, 43, said he rushed to Cameron Highlands from Kuala Lumpur upon hearing he had gone missing.
“I thank God for keeping him alive and the rescuers for finding him.”
Kons Nik Mohd Afizon is from Kelantan while Kons Mohd Zulkhairi is from Kedah. Both are single.
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