33 trekkers missing in Tg Malim forest located; SAR ongoing

KUALA LUMPUR: Thirty-three employees of a private corporation who went missing while trekking through a forest in Tanjung Malim, Perak last night have been found safe.

The group was earlier believed to have been a convoy of students from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM).

“The victims, who were conducting a team-building exercise, were found during a search and rescue (SAR) operation which was launched after they were reported missing last night.

“They were located about two kilometres from the area where they began their trek.

“They are fatigued, but otherwise safe,” said a spokesman from the Perak Fire and Rescue Department.

He said 22 rescuers took one hour to reach the group, but decided to wait until 4am this morning to begin escorting them out of the jungle.

He said the journey to safety will take some time.

“They will have to cross three rivers to exit the jungle – but the crossings can only be made when the rivers’ currents are weak.

“The group will also have to cross several log bridges along the way. This is why the rescuers decided to postpone the operation until this morning,” the spokesman added.

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