Cypriot rescued from Mt Santubong in southern Sarawak

MIRI: A tourist from Cyprus ended up lost on Mount Santubong in southern Sarawak after he ventured into a deep gorge and could not find his way out.

Search-and-rescue parties had to climb up the mountain to locate Makhelo Gabriel, 22, an adventurer who went up the mountain to hike.

They managed to successfully rescue and bring him down to safety at about 11pm last night, said Sarawak Fire and Rescue Department in its latest updates.

The tourist went missing during the afternoon hours of Thursday (May 16), and efforts to locate him was initiated at about 3.30pm.

The police, Civil Defence Unit and Sarawak Forestry also joined Bomba units in the search effort.

He was found near the top of the mountain in a deep gorge and was pulled up using a rope, said Sarawak Bomba.

Gabriel was later brought down to the foot of the mountain and sent to the Sarawak General Hospital in Kuching about an hour away.

He suffered from exhaustion but was not physically hurt.

Mount Santubong is about 810m high, with the journey to the peak going through steep trails.