Wisma Putra confirms body found on Mt Davamand, Iran, is missing M’sian climber

Climbers ascending a mountain in Japan. DayakDaily file pic. // Photo: Pixabay

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 30: The body found by Iranian authorities at Mount Damavand, Iran on Friday is confirmed to be that of Malaysian climber Ramli Abd Majid, who was reported missing since Nov 20 last year, reported Bernama yesterday.

“The government of Malaysia would like to thank the Iranian authorities for their efforts in the search and rescue operation, as well as conveys its sincere condolences to the family of the deceased,” Wisma Putra said in a statement yesterday, adding the Malaysian Embassy in Tehran is rendering the necessary assistance to bring back the body.

Iranian news agency, Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA), reported that the body was discovered by a group of climbers who were descending the mountain at a height of 4,300 metres last Friday.

It was also reported that the discovery was conveyed to the Red Crescent Society, located in Amol city, which then sent a search and rescue team.

Ramli, who was a systems chief engineer at the Proton Holdings headquarters in Shah Alam, and another climber from the mountaineering club (KJA), Syed Redzuan Syed Salim Shatri, 50, went missing in November last year after they became separated from other climbers in the group while making their way to the summit of Mount Damavand.

On Nov 28, 2016, Syed Redzuan’s remains were found at the Yakhar Glacier area and his body was brought back to Malaysia. — Bernama