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18 Julai 2012

HIKERS SURVIVES FALL

RAVINE SCARE:Accident happened near peak of Gunung Ledang
 
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Halfian Abd Rahim being taken to hospital after he was lifted from a ravine. Pic by Azidan Nahar
AN employee of Perusahaan Otomobil Nasional (Proton) in Tanjung Malim, Perak, who joined a hiking excursion recently cheated death after he slipped and fell 200 metres down a ravine near the peak of Gunung Ledang in Tangkak.
The incident left Halfian Abd Rahim, 36, from Seri Petaling, Kuala Lumpur, with a broken left hand, a cracked pelvis and other injuries.

It is understood that Halfian was climbing the mountain with 10 friends and had reached Check Point 4 last Saturday, a day before the hiking trip.

The group then reportedly started their climb at 4am, and Halfian was believed to have slipped near Check Point Taman Bonsai about two hours later.

Johor National Parks Corporation director Suhairi Abdullah, when contacted, confirmed the incident.

"The group had a guide. I believe the victim exhausted himself as he had been hiking for two hours and was carrying a big and heavy bag," said Suhairi.

"The victim was believed to have been resting against a tree when he lost his balance and plunged into the ravine."

Halfian's cries for help when he plunged from Check Point 8, at a height of 1,270 metres, were heard by the others in the group.

They then alerted a forest ranger.

"The rescue team comprised firemen from the Tangkak Fire and Rescue Department and Taman Negara. They had to climb for about 90 minutes before they reached Halfian," said Suhairi.

Halfian was then rushed to the Tangkak Hospital before being transferred to the Sultanah Fatimah Specialist Hospital in Muar.

"I advise all hikers to exercise care and caution and follow the guidelines set by Taman Negara to avoid a repeat of this incident," said Suhairi.

Halfian did not to speak to the Press as he needed to rest.

SOURCE: NST STREETS JOHOR, JULY 18, 2012

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