Thick cloud hampers mission to rescue injured Japanese tourist in Mount Mulu

MIRI: A rescue mission to help a Japanese tourist who injured himself while climbing Mount Mulu in Sarawak was hampered by thick cloud.

The Sarawak Bomba aerial rescue mission had to be aborted at 3.30pm Monday (Dec 17) due to poor visibility.

Miri Fire and Rescue Department chief Supt Law Poh Kiong said the Bomba helicopter unit cancelled its attempt to ascend to Camp 4 where the injured tourist Akihiro Noda, 25, was found.

“The cloud cover is very thick so the mission was aborted. The helicopter has returned to the Mulu airfield. The rescue mission will resume tomorrow morning,” he said.

Sarawak Bomba deployed its Air Wing unit to save the tourist.

The site of the incident is at Camp 4 of Mt Mulu located deep in interior northern Sarawak.

The Air Wing Unit in Miri was alerted to the incident by the Bomba Marudi station, the closest station to Mulu.

Initial information received by Bomba Marudi was that the tourist hurt himself at about 9pm on Saturday night while climbing the mountain with a handful of other foreign tourists.

The site of the incident is said to be about 1,820 metres above sea-level.

Bomba Sarawak said preliminary information received indicated that the tourist is suffered hip and back injuries.