Singapore student falls to death on Malaysia camping trip: A student from the National University of Singapore slipped and fell off a cliff while camping in Kelantan, Malaysia on Saturday night, said reports.
Lee Jun Jie, a 23-year-old undergraduate student, fell while admiring the view from Gunung Stong, a recreation spot popular for its mountainous terrain, views, and waterfalls.
The mishap occurred about 7pm on Saturday evening, according to Utusan Malaysia, a Malay-language daily.
The Singaporean student was on a camping trip with 22 other students that began on Saturday night.
Malaysian police said they received a call about 7:30pm on the fall, but due to dark and slippery conditions, the search-and-rescue operations could only begin at 7:30am on Sunday.
Rescuers retrieved the student’s body at 9:50am on Sunday in an operation that took over two hours due to the slippery paths caused by Saturday’s rain.
It took some 40 policemen, firemen and volunteers using a pulley system to retrieve the body, said a Channel News Asia report.
Soleh Nasir, officer-in-charge of Jeli fire and rescue station, said that Lee was enjoying the sunset at the Baha’s Camp, which was located at the top of the seven-tiered Stong waterfalls, when the accident occurred.
“He was said to have stood on the slippery cliff to enjoy the sunset before falling into the waterfalls below,” said Soleh.
Lee’s family arrived in Kelantan around noon on Sunday, according to the Malaysian police.
The National University of Singapore is reportedly planning to return the other students back to Singapore soon.
The university released a statement saying it is deeply saddened by Lee’s death, and that his family was notified immediately about the accident. Two staff members from the school had accompanied Lee’s family.
The university also said it is in touch with the Malaysian authorities and with Singapore’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The Gunung Stong waterfalls are the highest tiered waterfalls in Southeast Asia, standing at a height of 1,422 metres.