Trio relied on survival skills


  • Nation
  • Monday, 18 Aug 2003

BY KULDEEP S. JESSY

Mohd Zulkhairi showing the injuries he picked up during his ordeal in the jungle.

CAMERON HIGHLANDS: The three policemen who were found on Saturday after being reported missing in the jungle near Gunung Brinchang a week ago survived on wild bananas, plant shoots and river water. 

L/Kpl Mohamad Amran Yahya, 39, Kons Nik Mohd Afizon Nik Ariffin, 24 and Kons Mohd Zulkhairi Zubir, 22, did not give up hope when their food ran out after two days but relied on jungle resources to survive. 

Speaking from his bed at the Tanah Rata Hospital yesterday, Kons Mohd Zulkhairi said: ”We used survival skills which we had learnt. The nights were cold and we were very tired but we managed to stay together and even built a hut from banana leaves.” 

Kons Mohd Zulkhairi, who only started working at the Brinchang police station two months ago, said they had lost their way in the jungle on Aug 10. 

“Six of us went into the jungle to look for five hikers who went missing a day earlier. After walking for a while, the three of us felt tired and decided to take a rest while the others carried on with the search. 

“However, several minutes later, when we decided to join the other group, we could not locate their tracks,” he said. 

He said they were found on Saturday when he called out to the search and rescue team after hearing some noises in the jungle. 

L/Kpl Mohamad Amran being carried to an ambulance.

“My calls were responded by shouts from someone. Hearing the shouts, I responded by firing one shot from my gun. Then, I heard two shots being fired,” he said.  

The three were discovered near a waterfall by the search and rescue team at 3.45pm. 

L/Kpl Wan Jefri Wan Dushah, 39, who was in the six-man search team, said: “We reached the spot where they were reported to have gone missing at about 12.50pm on Saturday.  

“We started our search from that point onwards until we found Kons Mohd Zulkhairi Zubir who responded to our calls and shouts. 

“He then led us to the other two policemen who were in a steep ravine nearby. 

“They were quite weak and we immediately gave them food and water,” said Lans Kpl Wan Jefri.  

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