Thursday, November 19, 2009

Found: Schoolkids who got lost in Gunung Lambak

The Star

KLUANG: Four students of SM Sultan Abdul Jalil who lost their way while climbing Gunung Lambak here on Tuesday were found by a rescue team on Wednesday.

The four students, Meor Shahidan Meor Azman, Normayzurah Nor Salam, Nor Fazlin Mohd Zin and Nurul Afiqah Zulkiflee, all aged 13, were found by a General Operations Force (GOF) team at about 1.35pm.

Kluang district Safety Committee chairman Abdul Razak Mohd Salleh said the four Form One students, who had started climbing the 510m high mountain at about 10am on Tuesday, realised that they had lost their way at about 2pm.

“It was not a school trip. They had decided to climb the mountain on their own. Realising that they had lost their way, one of them contacted a family member via a handphone,” he told reporters here.

He added that the rescue operation team which comprised 60 members from the army, GOF, Civil Defence Department, Rela and the Fire and Rescue Department, started the search at 4pm Tuesday when the four could not be contacted after their handphones ran out of power.

Abdul Razak, who is also the Kluang district officer, said the search and rescue operation continued their search throughout Tuesday night before they were found near Kampung Datuk Abdul Rahman Yassin.

He added that though the students were pale and weak, none of them suffered any injuries; they were however sent to the Kluang Hospital for observation. -- Bernama

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