Sunday, February 11, 2018

Lost Singaporeans found 4.2km from trail

Source Website: http://www.tnp.sg/news/world/lost-singaporeans-found-42km-trail
By Sue-ann Tan, suetan@sph.com.sg, The New Paper, 09 February 2018 at 06:00 am


Kulai, 08 February 2018- Monitoring from air by Insp Hairi , Chief of Kulai Police Station,Fireman Tuan Khari , Air 20 ASP Shaifudin, ASP Shuhazami and Corporal Ahmad Ezuan have found the victim in Teratai Bay at the end of the Pontian Dam safe and with no injury.
PHOTO: Kulai, 08 February 2018- Monitoring from air by Insp Hairi , Chief of Kulai Police Station,Fireman Tuan Khari , Air 20 ASP Shaifudin, ASP Shuhazami and Corporal Ahmad Ezuan have found the victim in Teratai Bay at the end of the Pontian Dam safe and with no injury. The search-and-rescue operations had involved personnel from various local agencies, including the fire department, dog unit, police and military, covering a massive area around the mountain.
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Singaporean duo lost on Malaysia mountain found after three days. It usually takes only three hours to find hikers lost on Gunung Pulai, a mountain in Johor's Kulai district.

But when Singaporeans Dominick Tan Chang Xiang and Lum Jie, both 27, were reported missing on the mountain last Monday at around 5.55pm, it took three days to find them.

They were found yesterday at around 11.30am near a body of water.

This is the longest search-and-rescue operation in the area to date, Kulai Fire Department chief and head of the search operations Mohd Khairi Zainudin told The New Paper yesterday.


A Singaporean woman and a male companion have been missing for more than 40 hours after trekking on a mountain in Malaysia's Kulai district in Johor.
PHOTO: A Singaporean woman and a male companion have been missing for more than 40 hours after trekking on a mountain in Malaysia's Kulai district in Johor. The incident happened at Gunung Pulai, on Monday (Feb 5) at 5.55pm.
The pair had entered the mountain via a trail despite it being closed off to the public, reports Lianhe Wanbao.
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Map of Gunung Pulai
PHOTO: Map of Gunung Pulai
Facebook user Wanyin See, a friend of the missing woman, Lum Jie, uploaded a post on Tuesday (Feb 6), asking for help in locating the two.
Wrote Ms See: "She’s missing at Gunung Pulai. If you know of any experienced trekkers, who can join in the search for her, please let us know. It would really help to have more people on the ground! Kindly help to spread the word. Thanks!"
In her post, Ms See also reiterated that her friend remains missing and uncontactable.

Another friend of Lum Jie, Facebook user Chloe Quek Yixuan also posted about the incident.
In her post, Chloe stated that Lum Jie was last spotted leaving her house at around 8am on Monday. She wore a green top, tights, running shoes, and carried a backpack.
Later in an update on the same post, Chloe clarified that rescue teams and volunteers are currently scouring the mountain for the couple.
She added: "The rescue team and volunteers are covering the mountain but as the area is big, more teams may work faster. A few other teams are going in tomorrow. (The) only help now might be to pull in more teams (with experience) to help."
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He said the search area was expanded from 36 sq km to 63 sq km. The number of search-and-rescue personnel also increased from around 20 to nearly 100, and two rescue dogs were involved.

The lost hikers were eventually spotted from a helicopter.

Mr Khairi told TNP: "I think maybe they were trying to explore a new place. They were found about 3km away from their last reported location and 4.2km away from the trail."

He said the rescued duo were visibly exhausted. They have since been discharged from Pontian Hospital.


Singaporeans Dominick Tan Chang Xiang and Lum Jie, both 27, were reported missing on the mountain last Monday at around 5.55pm.
PHOTO: Singaporeans Dominick Tan Chang Xiang and Lum Jie, both 27, were reported missing on the mountain last Monday at around 5.55pm. It took three days to find them. The lost hikers were eventually spotted from a helicopter.
Picture posted by The Straits Times on 08 February 2018 - lovely couple, caring for each other in time of destress.. - Irwin Soo
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The rescued duo were visibly exhausted.

PHOTO: The rescued duo were visibly exhausted. They have since been discharged from Pontian Hospital.
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Over the last three days, at least seven rescue teams, including volunteer groups, had worked round the clock to find them.

Malaysian volunteer team Mountain Search and Rescue Society Malaysia toiled all night on Tuesday.

The team's contact officer, Ms Dhereza Abdul Hamid, 39, told TNP: "We are so happy to hear (they have been found)."

Her team of volunteers specialises in search-and-rescue operations in mountains and jungles all over Malaysia.

Mr Vijay Kumar, 36, was part of a rescue team from Thousand Adventure, a Malaysian climbing group.

Singaporean volunteers joined them in the search.

He told TNP: "That part where they were found is not easy to access. No routes are available there.

"In that area, there are too many obstacles. Some places are a steep climb, and there are some river crossings. There are parts where we have to climb down a vertical wall face too."


Singaporean duo lost on Malaysia mountain found after three days.

PHOTO: Singaporean duo lost on Malaysia mountain found after three days. It usually takes only three hours to find hikers lost on Gunung Pulai, a mountain in Johor's Kulai district. Mr Vijay Kumar, 36, was part of a rescue team from Thousand Adventure, a Malaysian climbing group.
"That part where they were found is not easy to access. No routes are available there. In that area, there are too many obstacles. Some places are a steep climb, and there are some river crossings. There are parts where we have to climb down a vertical wall face too."
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Singapore's Foreign Affairs Minister Vivian Balakrishnan in a Facebook post yesterday thanked the Malaysian authorities and all those involved in the search-and rescue-operations.

He said: "We are very grateful to the Malaysian agencies, especially Johor chief of police Datuk Mohd Khalil, the Johor police and Kulai Fire Department, who have worked tirelessly for almost four days on this operation.

"My utmost gratitude also to the scores of volunteers from both Malaysia and Singapore who helped in the search."

In his Facebook post, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said he was "relieved" the Singaporeans had been found.

"My heartfelt thanks to Polis Johor chief Datuk Mohd Khalil, Kulai Fire Department chief Mohd Khairi Zainudin, their teams, as well as the Singapore team on the ground, for their efforts in this operation," he said.

Precautions to take before going on a hike
Mr Vijay Kumar, 36, a member of adventure group SGTrek Expeditions and Adventures, who was involved in the Johor search and rescue operation, shared some hiking safety tips:

BEFORE THE HIKE:
1. Inform someone where you will be
2. Know the trail and timings - how long the hike will take, what time it will end and 3. when you will return
4. Register with the local authorities
5. Know map and exit points of trail
6. Have emergency rescue contacts

WHEN LOST:
  • Stay calm and check your supplies
  • If you are not far from the trail, return to it and stay there
  • If you are not sure where to go, wait on the trail until someone rescues you. Do not wander off on your own
  • If far from the trail, use your phone to check the location, and try to reach higher ground to see where you are and for better GPS signal and phone connection
  • Before calling for help, check surrounding landmarks to make it easier for rescuers to find you, and stay where you are

Singaporeans Dominick Tan Chang Xiang and Lum Jie, both 27 were found yesterday (08 February 2018) at around 11.30am near a body of water.
PHOTO: Singaporeans Dominick Tan Chang Xiang and Lum Jie, both 27 were found yesterday (08 February 2018) at around 11.30am near a body of water.
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Hikers rescued in Johor: Lee Hsien Loong, Vivian Balakrishnan thank Malaysian authorities<br>In his Facebook post, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said he was 'relieved' the Singaporeans had been found.

PHOTO: Hikers rescued in Johor: Lee Hsien Loong, Vivian Balakrishnan thank Malaysian authoritiesIn his Facebook post, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said he was "relieved" the Singaporeans had been found. "My heartfelt thanks to Polis Johor chief Datuk Mohd Khalil, Kulai Fire Department chief Mohd Khairi Zainudin, their teams, as well as the Singapore team on the ground, for their efforts in this operation," he said.

Vivian Balakrishnan on Thursday, 08 February 2018 said: "Delighted to hear that the two Singaporeans, Mr Dominick Tan and Ms Clarice Lum Jie, who were earlier reported missing in Johor’s Gunung Pulai forest reserve, have been found and are in stable condition. MFA officials from our Consulate-General in Johor Bahru have been on the ground assisting their families.
We are very grateful to the Malaysian agencies, especially Johor Chief of Police Datuk Mohd Khalil, the Johor Police and Kulai Fire Department, who have worked tirelessly for almost 4 days on this operation. My utmost gratitude also to the scores of volunteers from both Malaysia and Singapore who helped in the search.
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(Photo credit: Lianhe Zaobao 联合早报)
Picture posted by Sue-ann Tan, suetan@sph.com.sg, The New Paper on 09 February 2018 at 06:00 am

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By Sue-ann Tan, suetan@sph.com.sg, The New Paper, 09 February 2018 at 06:00 am
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Reference
[1] Sue-ann Tan, suetan@sph.com.sg, The New Paper, Lost Singaporeans found 4.2km from trail, posted on 09 February 2018 at 06:00 am, http://www.tnp.sg/news/world/lost-singaporeans-found-42km-trail

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