Hiker collapses and dies along Penang hiking trail

Hiker collapses and dies along Penang hiking trail
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GEORGE TOWN - A man who celebrated his 60th birthday barely two weeks ago collapsed and died after hiking to Point 5 of the Penang Municipal Park hiking trail.

Foong Weng Kong (pic) was taking a sip of water after reaching the rest area when he suddenly fell unconscious.

Other hikers at the scene tried to perform CPR to resuscitate Foong but to no avail.

It was believed that he hiked up from the Moon Gate entrance near the Penang Botanic Gardens at around 3.30pm yesterday.

Police and members of the Penang Hill Voluntary Fire and Rescue team took around an hour and a half to bring Foong's body down from the hill.

George Town OCPD Asst Comm Mior Faridalathrash said the case had been tempo- rarily classified as sudden death.

He added that police were waiting for the results of the post-mortem.

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