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Mountain slippery at this time
Published on: Tuesday, June 18, 2024
By: Clarence Dol
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Mountain slippery at this time
Mosar personnel (pic left) carrying the victim to safety. Ridwan (right) said the incident happened at KM6 of the Mount Kinabalu climbing trail, at about 9am. 
RANAU: The beginning of the rainy season poses a challenge to climbers of Mount Kinabalu as tracks became more slippery.

Hence, Ranau Fire and Rescue Chief, Ridwan Mohd Taib, advised that climbers make a serious assessment of their health before climbing.

There must be mental and physical preparation and only bring along suitable and necessary items.

“Always climb in groups, don’t walk alone and make sure to be attentive to what the guides advise us. This is so important in order to avoid any untoward incidents,” he said.

Last Sunday, a 38-year-old local woman became the 15th victim to suffer complications while climbing, this year, after she suffered from sprained left ankle.

Ridwan said the incident happened at KM6 of the Mount Kinabalu climbing trail, at about 9am. 

“We received a call through the Station Line and a team of six Mount Kinabalu search and rescue team (Mosar) and two Fire and Rescue personnel led by Operation Officer, PB Reason Justin rushed to the scene.

“When the team arrived at the location at 9.22am, we found that there was a climber who suffered from a sprained left ankle during her descent from the summit, and was not able to continue the climb down on her own.

“Mosar personnel together with five Malim Gunung provided initial treatment and then brought down the victim using piggyback carry method towards Timpohon Gate,” he said.

According to Ridwan, at approximately 1.55pm, the victim arrived safely at Timpohon Gate and then the victim was then handed over to EMRS personnel to be taken to the Ranau Hospital for further treatment.

He added that the case on Sunday became the second case for the month of June this year.

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