Mulu flash flood: Body of missing tourist guide found

SAR personnel carrying Roviezal's remains out from Deer Cave.

Editor’s note: Updated with details at 2.20pm.

By Nancy Nais

KUCHING, July 15: Local tourist guide Roviezal Robin, 20, who was reported missing after a flash flood in Deer Cave at Gunung Mulu National Park was found lifeless, today.

Miri Fire and Rescue Department (Bomba) chief Law Poh Kiong said Roviezal was found by a search and rescue (SAR) team at 10.10am.

Roviezal and 66-year-old Dutch tourist Peter Hans Hoverkamp went missing after flash floods struck the Deer Cave in northern Sarawak’s Gunung Mulu National Park on the evening of July 12.

They were swept away by strong currents in the river cave.

Hoverkamp was found lifeless inside Deer Cave the next day.

Today’s SAR teams, comprising Sarawak Bomba, police and local natives, were divided into four teams with the search area covering the staircase heading down to Deer Cave, the stream, the river area from Sg Paku to Sg Payau and new passages in the cave.

Rescue personnel searching a cave.
SAR personnel carrying Roviezal’s remains accompanied by Marudi fire station chief Maureen Sim (left).

Roviezal was found face down on top of a rock about 800 metres from the site where he was swept away.

His shirt was found 400 metres away from where he was last seen.

His remains will be airlifted by a Bomba Mi17 helicopter to Miri Hospital.

Yesterday, five SAR teams combed the dark, treacherous and strong current underground river to locate Roviezal. — DayakDaily