Lost climber at Tok Kun Hill found safe

Tok Kun HillBUKIT MERTAJAM: A man who went missing at the Tok Kun Hill here for more than 10 hours after deviating from the original route was found early today.

A group of hikers who participated in the search and rescue (SAR) operation for Chua Lee Heng, 58, found him at the hill at 4.56am.

Penang Fire and Rescue Department operations commander Mohamad Shahir Samsudin said the department launched the SAR operation after receiving a distress call at 9.13pm yesterday.

“His son informed us that the man went to hike at 5.30pm. The man, who is well-versed with the route at the hill, also sent his location via GPS (Global Positioning System),” he said here.

He said the department later contacted the man via his mobile phone and was told he was safe.

Meanwhile, Chua said he was unaware how he deviated from his original route and only realised it when it was getting dark.