Japanese man injured in mountain mishap

Japanese man injured in mountain mishap
Mt Kinabalu

KOTA KINABALU - A Japanese man fell while descending Mount Kinabalu after reaching the 4,095m peak.

Yoshimasa Maekawa, 65, fell on the rock surface area of the Sayat Sayat area at about 7.45am yesterday.

He suffered head and facial injuries from the fall.

However, he is reported to be stable after he was brought to the Ranau hospital for treatment.

Mount Kinabalu operations centre official Martin Maguring said that immediately after Maekawa fell, they brought him down to the midway point at Laban Rata where he was given first aid.

"Subsequently, they requested Sabah Air to send a helicopter to bring him down to Kundasang town on the foothill of Mount Kinabalu, before he was taken to Ranau hospital for immediate medical attention," he said.

Maekawa will be transferred to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in the state capital for further treatment.

Maekawa was part of the second group that reached the peak and were on their way down.

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