Malaysian student survives freezing conditions on New Zealand volcano

Malaysian student survives freezing conditions on New Zealand volcano

PETALING JAYA: A Malaysian student survived cold wintery conditions overnight in a t-shirt, hoodie and yoga pants on a volcano in New Zealand before being rescued by local police.

According to a statement by the Foreign Affairs Ministry, Saida Nadia Rosli was rescued on Sunday morning after having spent a night on Mount Tongariro in New Zealand.

Saida had gone on an excursion up Mount Tongariro along with her friends on Saturday but during a group break she'd decided to hike alone in order to reach the peak earlier.

Unfortunately, she lost her balance in the snow at one point and slid 50m down the side of the mountain.

Saida, however, managed to contact the police at around 5pm Saturday but turned the phone off because of a weak battery before they could locate her.

"A rescue team was nonetheless deployed throughout the night. Around 8.30am the next day, Saida Nadia Rosli spotted the rescue helicopter and made a call to the police using the remaining battery power. She was located and rescued soon after the call," said the statement.

Saida was flown to the Taupo Hospital where she received medical treatment for a sprained ankle before being discharged the same day.

Senior Constable Barry Shepherd who was part of the rescue team told the New Zealand Herald that Saida was obviously quite resilient as overnight temperatures dropped to 1°C.

"She was wearing a T-shirt, hoodie and yoga pants, pink cap, blue backpack. We were surprised she was in such good condition," he was quoted as saying.

The Malaysian High Commission in New Zealand has been in constant communication with Saida's father to render the necessary assistance.

Mount Tongariro is one of three active volcanoes located in the Taupo Volcanic Zone located in the North Island of New Zealand.

It last erupted in August 2012. The area which became famous as the location of Mordor in the Lord of the Rings film trilogy is a well-known hiking destination for travellers.

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