Nine climbers missing at Penang Hill found safe
Last Update: 26/12/2018
GEORGE TOWN, Dec 26 (Bernama) -- Nine climbers including two women who were reported lost while climbing Penang Hill yesterday evening have been found early this morning.
A Penang Fire and Rescue Department (JBPM) spokesman said all of them including three senior citizens were found by JBPM teams at 1.09am in the forest of Penang Hill.
The nine victims were Lim Sang Yang, 51; Cheng Chang Hua, 61; Chan Che Chen, 60; Yap Heng Leong, 39; Ho Cheng Meng, 60; Eng Gin Weh,18, and Tam Han Gen, 33, as well as two women Tan Kah Oii, 24, and Ambika, 35.
“The Fire Department received a call from one of the nine individuals at 7.27 pm, to inform that they are lost in the Penang Hill and we then launched a search and rescue operation.
"We managed to find all of them at 1.09 am and as they could also heard our siren, the victims later build a bonfire while waiting for rescuers to arrive,” he said here today.
According to the spokesman, all climbers were successfully brought down to Penang Hill Square using four-wheel drives at 5.20am before the search and rescue operation was fully completed.
He said initial investigation found the nine climbers were in good condition but exhausted after failing to find the way down.
Meanwhile a victim, Han Gen said they began climbing Penang Hill at 5pm and were using the usual track used by climbers.
But he said after two hours of climbing, they realised they were lost after the failing to find the track to return to the foothill of Penang Hill before he decided to contact the Fire and Rescue Department.
"We did not how we got lost as there were among us who are familiar with the track at Penang Hill. Thank you to the Fire and Rescue Department for bringing us down safely,” he said.