Sabah rescuers trek six hours through dense jungle to reach injured villager


KENINGAU: Six firefighters trekked six hours through thick jungle and a logging route to rescue an injured villager at Sungai Ulu Pangas, here. Assisted by a group of Kampung Ulu Pangas villagers, the team was deployed to the area after receiving a distress call at 4.50am last Sunday about an injured village man. The victim, identified as Zaidi Sius, 41, had gone to the river to fish. He is believed to have slipped and broken his leg.

Zaidi Sius, 41 (on stretcher) believed to have broken his leg. Pix by Sabah Fire and Rescue Department

District Fire and Rescue Department chief Mudi Pengiran said the first team of six personnel was immediately despatched and left the station at 5am. “The team had to drive through a gravel logging route to reach Ulu Pangas and then trekked about six hours to locate the victim. “They found him at 11.45am on the same day. The team immediately applied a splint to the fractured limb and wrapped the victim in a blanket,” he said when contacted. The group, however, faced difficulties in bringing the victim out to safer ground due to bad weather and the hilly terrain. Mudi said they had to spend the night at the location while waiting for assistance from a second team of firefighters, who were mobilised on Monday. “With support from the second team, the firefighters rescued and brought the victim out the following day at 1.55pm.

The first responders getting assistance from a second team of firefighters. Pix by Sabah Fire and Rescue Department

“The victim has been sent to the district hospital and he is currently receiving treatment,” he said. On the rescue team, Mudi said all personnel on duty are tired, but otherwise safe. He praised the commitment shown by the team, adding that the difficulties they faced are part of the challenges firefighters have to go through in their line of work. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd