The two Singaporeans hikers who went missing on a Johor mountain on Monday evening (Feb 5) were rescued by boat on Thursday.
They were spotted by rescuers on a helicopter at 11.30am. A boat was immediately deployed and they were successfully rescued five minutes later.
“The victims looked exhausted and slightly dehydrated with cuts and bruises on their bodies but they could still converse and interact normally,” Kulai Fire Station chief Mohd Khairi Zainuddin, who is also head of the search operations, told The Straits Times.
Johor police posted photos of the pair – identified as Mr Dominick Tan Chang Xiang and Ms Lum Jie – on Facebook after the rescue
Mr Tan and Ms Lum, both 27, have been taken to Pontian Hospital.
They had gone to Gunung Pulai, in Johor’s Kulai district, for a hike on Monday. Kulai is located about an hour north of Johor Baru by car.
Mr Tan is reportedly an experienced climber and had previously hiked up Gunung Pulai. The area is part of the Gunung Pulai Forest Reserve.
The authorities had beefed up their search team, which was almost 100-strong on Wednesday (Feb 7), up from 60 people on Tuesday. They comprise police officers, park rangers, members of the Fire and Rescue Department and volunteers.
They also expanded their search to a 36 sq km area, based on the duo’s last reported location from a phone signal.
The two hikers had made their first emergency telephone call to the police at 5.55pm on Monday after losing their way on the 654m-high mountain.