Bored with MCO, 14-year-old goes walkabout in jungle, triggers search-and-rescue op


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  • Thursday, 02 Apr 2020

MIRI: A 14-year-old villager who told his mother he was bored of being restricted to home, ventured into the jungle with his pet dog – sparking off a frantic search-and-rescue effort in the Limbang district.

Fortunately, the boy came home safely on his own accord, after almost two days in the jungle.

The Sarawak Fire and Rescue Department said the boy walked into his house at about 8.31pm Wednesday (April 1) night.

The incident began on Tuesday (March 31) in Kg Berawan in Limbang, Sarawak Bomba said.

“On Tuesday night, at about 8pm, the mother of the teen lodged a police report at the Limbang police station saying her son had gone missing.

“The Limbang police contacted Limbang Bomba to help search for the boy.

"The mother said that earlier, at 9am Tuesday, the boy told her that he was bored having to stay in the house all the time.

"He then walked out of the house with a parang in his hand and walked into the jungle at the back of the house, with his pet dog following him.

"Later that night, the dog came back but the boy was still missing. Bomba Limbang started a search-and-rescue operations at about 8pm Tuesday," said Sarawak Bomba.

Limbang Bomba sent out a team of 11 searchers, joined by 11 from the police and seven soldiers as well as several villagers.

On Wednesday night, at 8.31pm, the boy walked through the door into his house, Sarawak Bomba reported.

"The boy came home on his own at 8.31pm and he is in good health," Sarawak Bomba said.

The boy has been identified as a Brunei national staying in the village in Limbang.

Kg Berawan is located adjacent the Sarawak-Brunei border boundary.

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