Drowned Dutch hiker airlifted to Miri Hospital

Hoverkamp’s remains arriving at Miri Hospital.

By Nancy Nais

KUCHING, July 13: Sarawak Fire and Rescue Department (Bomba) air unit has airlifted the remains of Dutch tourist Peter Hans Hoverkamp to Miri Hospital.

Hoverkamp, 66, who was found drowned at Deer Cave in Mulu National Park, was airlifted by a Mi17 helicopter at 2.47pm today.

He was one of the victims who went missing in Malaysia’s Mulu caves after a flash flood yesterday together with tourist guide Roviezal Robin, 20.

According to Mulu’s search and rescue (SAR) team, Hoverkamp was found inside Deer Cave at 6.40am this morning.

Fire and Rescue personnel preparing to airlift Hoverkamp’s body to Miri hospital by Mi17 helicopter.

The SAR team from Bomba, including their Special Tactical Operation and Rescue Team of Malaysia (STORM) and Special Air Services (PASKUB), were deployed to Mulu to assist in the operations.

Another eight tourists were reported safe.

The deceased being carried out of Mulu National Park.

Rescuers are now concentrating their search within the 2km radius inside Deer Cave to find Roviezal, but the operation was halted at 3.22pm due to heavy rain and thunderstorm.

For safety reasons, all 16 rescue personnel had to exit the cave and are now stationed at Bomba’s control post outside Mulu National Park. — DayakDaily