Search for missing Kuala Kubu Baru paraglider intensifies

HANI SHAMIRA SHAHRUDIN

KUALA KUBU BHARU: The search and rescue (SAR) operation for a paraglider who went missing while gliding over Kuala Kubu Baru in high winds yesterday will be intensified, as the team will be joined by the Armed Forces’ air unit and the Fire and Rescue Department.

Hulu Selangor police chief Superintendent R. Supramaniam said the Armed Forces and firemen will also be sending two helicopters to join the search.

The choppers will join the police's Air Wing unit AS355 helicopter when the SAR continues at about 2pm.

The three helicopters will coordinate movements at the Stadium Millennium here before embarking on the mission.

"For the first mission today, from 8am to 11am, we covered a search radius of 10km (from Bukit Batu Pahat) – but it brought no positive outcome," said Supramaniam.

The para-motors club also deployed three of its members to assist with the search.

The victim, Mohamad Rosely Azli, 53, who has four years of paragliding experience, was conducting a flight from Bukit Batu Pahat to Stadium Millennium with six others when he went missing.

Supramaniam said the other paragliders landed safely at about 2.45pm, but Rosely was still up in the air.

"The coordinator tried to contact the victim, but failed. At that time, he could still see the victim.

"Rosely, who was supposed to be at 4,000 feet, had gone above that level due to strong wind at the time, and he disappeared into thick clouds," Supramaniam said.

The SAR operation involves more than 50 people from several agencies, including the police, firemen, district officers and members from the Kuala Kubu Bharu paragliding club.