The treacherous hiking trail, Bukit Tabur has claimed its latest victim when a science teacher from a private school fell several metres to his death.
The teacher, Ng Pee Tat, in his 30s, died from severe injuries after he fell several meters down a steep slope at 8pm Tuesday.
This was the first time Ng and his colleague, 29-year-old David Spencer, had hiked up Bukit Tabur.
David Spencer is a music teacher at the school in Setia Alam. He said that they started hiking around 6pm but they realised that they had wandered off the trail in the darkness.
“As we were climbing down the mountain, we saw a rope and used it to climb down. It was very slippery, and there was nothing else to hold on to.
“We tried to climb back up when we realised that we could not go further down the slope,” said Spencer.
According to Spencer, Ng grabbed a thin tree to hold himself but it broke just as Spencer reached out to him, causing Ng falling to his death.
Unable to locate his friend, Spencer hiked his was down to a residential area at the foot of the hill where he sought for help.
The Fire and Rescue Department arrived shortly after 8.30pm.
“One of the rescuers told me that he fell 60 feet (18 meters),” Spencer told reporters when met at the scene.
Ng’s body was covered with mud was finally extracted by rescue personnel around 1.30am.
Source: The Star