KUCHING, Sept 26: A family day out at a resort of Puncak Borneo ended in tragedy when the four-wheel drive (4WD) vehicle they were riding in plunged into a ravine yesterday.
It is even more saddening when one of the 14 victims is confirmed dead and at least seven are seriously injured.
A spokesperson for the Malaysian Fire and Rescue Department (Bomba) Sarawak said they received a report regarding the incident at 2.44pm.
Simpok Volunteer Fire and Rescue Force (PBS) and members from the Siburan Fire and Rescue Station (BBP) were deployed to the scene after receiving the report.
“The accident involved a 4WD that crashed into a ravine. There were 14 victims, believed to be a family, who were involved in the accident.
“It was believed that the accident occurred after their recreational activities at the waterfall area on the mountain,” he said in a statement today.
According to him, Bomba personnel who arrived at the scene immediately rescued the seven injured victims who were still in the 30-foot-deep gorge.
“The time the first victim was raised to the top was at 3.45pm and the last victim was rescued at 7.30pm.
“Stretchers and ropes were used to move all the victims,” he said.
He added that an adult woman was confirmed dead at the scene of the incident and the rest sustained injuries.
The deceased victim was handed over to the police, while the injured victims were rushed to the Sarawak General Hospital. — DayakDaily