Nine missing Penang Hill hikers found safe and sound

File picture of Penang Hill. Two vehicles from the Bagan Jermal and Paya Terubong fire stations were sent to the foot of the hill for the search-and-rescue mission.
File picture of Penang Hill. Two vehicles from the Bagan Jermal and Paya Terubong fire stations were sent to the foot of the hill for the search-and-rescue mission.PHOTO: DEWANI ABBAS

GEORGE TOWN (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - The nine hikers who were reported lost on Penang Hill on Christmas Day have been found by the Fire and Rescue Department team on Wednesday (Dec 26).

A Fire and Services Department spokesman said the hikers, who went missing on Tuesday evening (Dec 25), were found safe and sound.

"An operation to find them was conducted at around 7.30pm on Tuesday and the hikers were found at around 1am today," said the spokesman.

The search operation was conducted using a four-wheel-drive vehicle and personnel who walked up using the hikers' trail.

All the hikers were brought down safely and the operation ended at around 5.20am on Wednesday.

The group was believed to have gone missing at Penang Hill on Tuesday.

The efforts to track them down were carried out by firemen from the Bagan Jermal and Paya Terubong fire stations.

 

A spokesman said they received a call from one of the hikers through the MERS 999 hotline.

"One of the hikers spoke to us on the phone and stated that they were lost in the jungle," he said.