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Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Missing Aussie found alive in Mulu National Park

PETALING JAYA: Missing hiker Andrew Gaskell has been found alive inside the Mulu National Park, The New Straits Times reported.

Gaskell, who is from Hobart, Tasmania had been missing since Oct 20 after he ventured into the park on a solo hike.

Sarawak Fire and Rescue Department assistant director of operations Farhan Sufyan Borhan told the media that rescuers found the 25-year-old engineer inside the park.

He was then rushed to the hospital by helicopter.

A family friend of the Gaskells, Jess Tolputt also shared the joyful news on her Facebook page, saying, “Today is a good day!!! Praise God for answered prayers!!! Tears of relief have certainly been shed today!!! Miracles really do happen!!!”

Tolputt went on to thank everyone who had sent well wishes and prayed for Andrew and his family.

“I’m sure Dave and Ben can’t wait to bring him home to Liz, Geoffrey, Caroline and the rest of their family!” Tolputt added, referring to Andrew’s father and brother David and Ben who travelled to Sarawak last weekend to help in the search and rescue efforts.

Andrew started his journey in Sarawak in August, writing on his blog that he wanted to have genuine cultural experiences with the local people outside of the mainstream tourist attractions, as well as to climb a lot of mountains.

He spent some time in Kuching, as well as Kapit, Sibu and Bintulu. He then travelled to Mulu from Miri on Oct 18, and started on his hike at the Mulu National Park.

Gaskell had frequently updated his blog on his travel adventures, however his last posting was on Oct 13, while his last Facebook update was made on Oct 15.

His parents then reported him missing on Oct 20 after failing to reach him.

Yesterday, The Borneo Post had reported that search and rescue efforts would concentrate on the Mulu Summit and the trails leading to it.

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