Lost hikers rescued after 14 hours at Penang forest reserve


BUKIT MERTAJAM: Two men were rescued after they went missing for more than 14 hours during a hiking trip at Cherok To'kun Forest Reserve here.

Penang Fire and Rescue Department (fire operation and safety) officer Nafis Ariff Abdullah said they received a distress call at 5.45pm on Wednesday (Nov 25).

“When the firefighters reached the site, they were told that two men, aged 36 and 54, were believed to have lost their way while hiking.

“Both victims then used the WhatsApp application to send their location to the operations commander.

“The firefighters, together with the police, then started the search and rescue operations, ” he said in a statement.

Nafis added that at 11.30pm, the two victims were successfully detected but they were on Seraya Hill, which is next to the Cherok To'kun Forest Reserve.

“It was difficult to reach the victims due to the thick forest conditions and there were no suitable routes.

“At 7.55am on Thursday (Nov 26), both victims were found in safe condition.

“Both victims were brought down to the Fire and Rescue Department control centre and were handed over to the police for further action.

“The operation ended at 8am, ” he said.

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