NUS student dies on Kelantan camp trip

A National University of Singapore student slipped and fell to his death on Saturday, Dec 28, 2013, while camping in Stong Mountain, a recreation spot in Kelantan popular for its mountainous terrain and views. -- PHOTO: THE STAR / ASIAN NEWS NETWORK
A National University of Singapore student slipped and fell to his death on Saturday, Dec 28, 2013, while camping in Stong Mountain, a recreation spot in Kelantan popular for its mountainous terrain and views. -- PHOTO: THE STAR / ASIAN NEWS NETWORK

A National University of Singapore student slipped and fell to his death on Saturday evening while camping in Stong Mountain, a recreation spot in Kelantan popular for its mountainous terrain and views.

According to Utusan Malaysia, a Malay-language daily, Singaporean Lee Jun Jie, 23, is said to have slipped while admiring the view from the mountain at about 7pm.

He was with a group of 22 other students, including eight female students from NUS in the camping trip that started on Saturday evening.

Location of accident

Mr Lee Jun Jie, a 23-year-old National University of Singapore (NUS) student, is believed to have slipped and fallen into a ravine next to the Mount Stong waterfall in Kelantan, Malaysia.

Rescuers could only retrieve Mr Lee's body at 9.50am on Sunday, an operation which took more than two hours, due to the slippery paths from the rain on Saturday.

Mr Soleh Nasir, firemen's department chief of Jeli, a town nearby, said Mr Lee's body is currently at the Kuala Krai hospital, another small town near the mountains.

"We have informed his parents and they have already arrived in Kota Baru, Kelantan's state capital, this morning," he told The Straits Times.

Mr Soleh said other campers have yet to return to Singapore as their statements are still being taken by the police. The students were supposed to return to Singapore on Monday.

A NUS spokesman said the university is deeply saddened by the incident.

"Two university staff are currently accompanying the student’s family to the camp site in Malaysia and the university staff will also be on site to provide assistance and support to the student’s family and friends," the spokesman said.

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