Injured hiker rescued from Gunung Baling amid heavy rain

Safuri Kamarudin

BALING: Rescuers took almost eight hours to bring down a hiker who twisted her ankle while hiking on the 420m Gunung Baling here today.

The Baling Fire and Rescue Department chief Mohd Sufian Alias said the trail was slippery due to heavy rain thus preventing the team from descending the hill faster.

He said after receiving a distress call about the incident at 10am, a team of 20 firemen was rushed to the location.

The team, he said, arrived at the top of Gunung Baling at about 11am but faced with difficulty due to the rain and the victim's weight.

“It was raining when we arrived at the location. We had to use a stretcher to carry her down because we fear she might injure herself more if she hike down on the slippery track,” he said.

According to Sufian, the rescuers took turns to carry the woman down the hill and they had to stop several times especially on the steep slopes.

He said the team arrived at base camp at about 6.30pm before sending the victim to Baling Hospital for treatment.