Singaporean hiker found safe and sound in Kota Tinggi

KOTA TINGGI: The Singaporean man who went missing on a solo hike at Gunung Panti Barat is safe and sound after making his own way out of the dense forest.

Kota Tinggi OCPD Supt Hussin Zamora said Neo Thiam Ming, 40, arrived at the search and rescue operation centre at around 4.30pm on Sunday (Aug 14).

“The victim was able to walk out of the forest and went to the location where police set up the operation centre, at the base of the Panti forest reserve.

“The victim went hiking on Saturday (Aug 13) without being accompanied,” he added.

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The authorities launched a search and rescue operation on Saturday (Aug13) after Neo contacted the 24-hour MERS 999 emergency line at about 7pm, saying he had lost his way.

Supt Hussin said police were notified some 10 minutes later by the Kota Tinggi Fire and Rescue Department and the operation was launched immediately.

Supt Hussin also advised the public that anyone who wished to go hiking should inform the nearest police station or the Forestry Department before starting their journey.

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