Waterfall trek ends in tragedy

Waterfall trek ends in tragedy
FATAL FALL: Mr Lee Jun Jie had been on a trekking expedition with 22 other participants.

SINGAPORE - He was at the top of a seven-tiered waterfall, reputed to be one of the highest in South-east Asia, to catch the sunset.

That lovely view of the Gunong Stong State Park in Kelantan would have been the last thing National University of Singapore (NUS) student Lee Jun Jie saw.

He died after falling into the water below.

A spokesman for the fire and rescue station there told Bernama: "He (Mr Lee) was said to have stood on the slippery cliff to enjoy the sunset before falling into the waterfalls below."

Mr Lee had been on a trekking expedition with 22 other participants. The group had arrived in Dabong, a small town, on Saturday afternoon and were at Baha's Camp, at the top of the waterfall, by evening. Mr Lee is believed to have fallen at about 7pm.

A search-and-rescue operation was mounted by police, forest rangers and other personnel after they received a call at 7.30pm on Saturday.

But due to the dark and slippery conditions, search-and-rescue operations only started yesterday at 7.30am, reported Channel NewsAsia.

Mr Lee's body was found at about 9.50am in the lake below and was taken to Kuala Krai Hospital for a post-mortem.

The cause of death was listed as drowning.

Mr Lee's friends were shocked at the news of his death.

Said fellow student Kwek Jia En, 21: "We are all very shocked that such a young and nice person had to leave like this and so suddenly."

According to her, Mr Lee was very interested in K-pop.

He even went on a summer exchange programme to Korea in the middle of the year, and loved singing along to K-pop songs.


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