Update: The nine hikers who were reported lost on Penang Hill have been found by the Fire and Rescue Department team on Wednesday (Dec 26). A Fire and Services Department spokesman said the hikers who went missing on Tuesday evening (Dec 25) were found safe and sound.
"An operation to find them were conducted at around 7.30pm on Tuesday and the hikers were found at around 1am today," said the spokesman. The search operation was conducted using a four-wheel drive vehicle and personnel who walked up using the hikers' trail. All the hikers were brought down safely and the operation ended around 5.20am Wednesday.
GEORGE TOWN - The Fire and Rescue Department are conducting a search and rescue mission for nine hikers who were believed to have gone missing at Penang Hill on Tuesday (Dec 25).
The efforts to track them down are being carried out by firemen from the Bagan Jermal and Paya Terubong fire stations since 7.27pm on Tuesday.
A spokesperson said they received a call from one of the hikers through the MERS 999 hotline.
"One of the hikers spoke to us on the phone and stated that they are lost in the jungle.
"Full details of their current situation have yet to be obtained," he said.
According to Bernama, two vehicles from the Bagan Jermal and Paya Terubong Fire Stations were sent to the foot of Bukit Bendera for the search and rescue mission.
"The department have been able to contact the victim who made the emergency call by telephone and informed them that they were probably in the area of Wand Gate 7 of Bukit Bendera," the Fire department spokesperson said.
As of press time, efforts to find the nine hikers are ongoing.