Missing teens in hiking trip found safeafter three hours

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  • Sunday, 20 Nov 2016

Sigh of relief: An officer from the George Town Civil Defence Force having a talk with Sahrul Junianto (left) and Mohd Aiman after bringing them safely to the Penang Botanic Gardens. — ZHAFARAN NASIB/The Star

GEORGE TOWN: Two schoolboys were rescued by the district Civil Defence Force (APM) after they lost their way in the jungle for about three hours during a hiking trip.

Mohd Aiman Mohd Amin and Sahrul Junianto Darmai, both 14, started hiking from the Teluk Bahang Forest Eco Park at 3.50pm on Friday.

They realised they were lost at about 7pm after failing to find their way to Penang Hill.

George Town APM officer Maxwell Panchai said: “Eleven personnel and an officer were then deployed to look for them.

“It was quite a challenge to find them because of the rocky and slippery trail.

“We eventually found them between the Station 3 and Station 4 of Penang Hill at 10pm. They were unhurt,” he said when met at the scene yesterday.

Mohd Aiman said this was the first time that both of them had hiked from Teluk Bahang to Penang Hill.

“We realise that we were lost when we did not meet anyone walking the same trail as us.

“When the sky turned dark at about 7pm, we decided to call 999,” he said.

Sahrul said they started to feel hungry and thirsty when they spotted the APM team, and shouted at them attract their attention.

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