By Jo­han Aziz

Man res­cued three days af­ter slip­ping, break­ing leg

The Borneo Post (Sabah) - - HOME -

KENINGAU: Fire and Res­cue Depart­ment per­son­nel en­dured dif­fi­cult weather and ge­o­graph­i­cal ter­rain to res­cue a man who broke his leg when he slipped while fish­ing in the river at Ulu Pan­gas Apin-Apin here on Sun­day.

Depart­ment sta­tion chief Mudi Pan­gi­ran, who led the three­day search and res­cue (SAR) op­er­a­tion which ended yes­ter­day, told The Bor­neo Post that the depart­ment re­ceived a call at 4.50am on Sun­day in­form­ing of what hap­pened to the vic­tim, Zaidi Sius.

Act­ing on the in­for­ma­tion, he said the depart­ment dis­patched ten per­son­nel to con­duct the res­cue op­er­a­tion on the same day. They were as­sisted by 26 vil­lagers.

“The jour­ney to the lo­ca­tion took over three hours of trekking as it was steep and hilly and thickly forested. The team was also ham­pered by the con­tin­u­ous heavy rain.

“The 41-year-old Zaidi had gone fish­ing with four friends in the river at Ulu Pan­gas when he slipped and broke his left leg,” he said.

Mudi said the man's friend gave first aid by bind­ing the bro­ken left leg with a splint be­fore the ar­rival of the SAR team.

Ac­cord­ing to Mudi, bring­ing the in­jured man out on a stretcher was slow and tricky be­cause of the ge­o­graph­i­cal ter­rain and in­clement weather. They could only man­age to reach the place where they parked their ve­hi­cles around 12.30pm on the third day (yes­ter­day). Com­mu­ni­ca­tion was dif­fi­cult as there was no telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion cov­er­age in the area.

Mudi said the in­jured man was taken to the hos­pi­tal about 2.30pm yes­ter­day by a hos­pi­tal am­bu­lance. His con­di­tion has been re­ported as sta­ble with only a bro­ken leg in­jury.

The Fire and Res­cue Depart­ment team and friends of the in­jured man who as­sisted to bring him out us­ing a stretcher.

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