Missing hiker in Batu Kawan found after four days

NIBONG TEBAL: After a four-day search, the 28-year-old man who was lost while hiking in Batu Kawan has been found.

Muhammad Azfar Ismail, from Taman Mutiara, was found in a state of severe exhaustion but safe at about 2.30pm on Wednesday (May 22).

He was said to have gone hiking alone at about 5pm and failed to return home on Saturday (May 18).

Following a report lodged by his family, rescue agencies such as the Fire and Rescue Department, Penang Civil Defence Force, and police, assisted by the public, activated a search and rescue operation to locate him.

An area within a 5km radius was searched with additional help from local villagers.

The hill in Batu Kawan was known to be a popular spot among casual hikers and joggers in the mornings and evenings.

Among its popular routes was a 4.5km trail up the hill that took hikers an average of an hour and a half to complete.

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