Saturday, October 18, 2014

Malaysia: German Citizen, 24, Dies While Hiking with Friends, Investigation Underway

A German student, 24, was killed after falling into a ravine while hiking in Telaga Tujuh in Malaysia.
The decedent, German citizen Alexzande Anton Michael, 24, was killed after falling into a  76-meter (249 feet) ravine while hiking at Telaga Tujuh.
Alexzande Anton Michael, 24, was at the Hutan Lipur Telaga Tujuh when he fell into a 76-meter ravine Saturday afternoon (October 18).
Langkawi Fire and Rescue Department senior assistant superintendent Yaakob Hassan said they received a report of the incident at about 1515 hours. "A rescue team was despatched to the scene, arriving at 1550 hours. 
"The victim was found at the bottom of the ravine, which is about 249 deep. His body was recovered and taken to a safe area at about 1650," he said, adding that the body was sent to Langkawi Hospital for a post-mortem.
Langkawi District Police Chief Superintendent Harrith Kam Abdullah said the victim and three friends hiked up the hill to get a better vantage point of the surroundings.
COMMENT: What seems to be needed at the outset is for Malaysian authorities to thoroughly interview all witnesses to the fall to confirm the actual causation stemming from the victim's fall.

According to the rescue team, "It was raining quite heavily in the area during the time of the incident, and the trail and surrounding rocks were slippery," he said, adding that the victim was studying at the LimKokWing University of Creative Technology in Cyberjaya.
"Police have ruled out foul play and classified the case as sudden death," he said.
"It was raining quite heavily in the area during the time of the incident, and the trail and surrounding rocks were slippery," he said, adding that the victim was studying at the LimKokWing University of Creative Technology in Cyberjaya.
"Police have ruled out foul play and classified the case as sudden death," he said.

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