Search on for Perhilitan ranger who disappeared during Taman Negara tiger count

Mohamad Azim Fitri Abd Aziz

JERANTUT: A Wildlife and National Parks Department (Perhilitan) ranger has been reported missing since Saturday after participating in a tiger population count programme at the Yong Forest Reserve in Taman Negara here.

State Fire and Rescue Department deputy director Mohd Sani Harul said his department was informed about Tarmizi Ahmad Japli’s disappearance on Tuesday and a search and rescue (SAR) operation had been launched.

He said, based on initial reports, the 30-year-old victim, who was attached to the Kota Bharu Perhilitan office, was among seven individuals involved in the first national tiger count study which began at Felda Kechau 11 in Lipis on Aug 11.

“Based on information obtained from his colleagues, five crew members were returning to the camping spot when three of them followed a trail while two others walked along the river bank to retrieve the camera (used for the tiger count),” he said today.

“However, Tarmizi and his colleague who were following the river route got separated before his friend noticed that he was missing.”

Sani said the SAR operations, which involved 10 firemen, 13 General Operations Force members, 25 Perhilitan rangers and members of the public had entered its second day today.

He said the SAR operations was focused on the area where the victim was last seen by his colleagues. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd