Miss­ing tod­dler rescued af­ter night alone in Padawan jun­gle

The Borneo Post - - FRONT PAGE - By Jeremy Veno re­porters@the­bor­neo­post.com

KUCH­ING: A tod­dler who went miss­ing overnight af­ter wan­der­ing off from his fam­ily’s home in Kam­pung Serumah, Teng Bukap, Padawan was found safe and un­harmed yes­ter­day morn­ing.

Alvin­cent Amy, aged two years and 10 months, had been play­ing in the com­pound of his house when he was dis­cov­ered miss­ing by his mother around 5pm on Wed­nes­day.

Af­ter an ini­tial search by vil­lagers failed to lo­cate the tod­dler, an official re­port was made around 9.25pm, lead­ing to the launch of a search-and-res­cue op­er­a­tion by the Fire and Res­cue De­part­ment ( Bomba).

Bomba Sarawak as­sis­tant op­er­a­tions di­rec­tor Tiong Ling Hii said the res­cue team, which in­cluded po­lice, Rela mem­bers, vil­lagers and a po­lice ca­nine unit, fo­cused their ini­tial search at a farm be­long­ing to the boy’s grand­mother af­ter his foot­prints were found in the mud lead­ing there.

“We con­cen­trated the search ef­fort at the farm – lo­cated about 2km from the house – as it was the grand­mother’s daily rou­tine to bring the child along with her when­ever she went farm­ing,” he said, adding the tod­dler was de­scribed by his fam­ily as ‘hy­per­ac­tive’.

De­spite their best ef­forts, res­cuers were un­able to lo­cate Alvin­cent and post­poned their search at 2.30am yes­ter­day, be­fore re­sum­ing it at 8am.

The fam­ily’s ordeal came to a happy end when vil­lagers stum­bled upon the boy in the jun­gle some 2.5km away from his home.

Ac­cord­ing to Tiong, the child ap­peared weak but was other­wise un­harmed de­spite hav­ing spent the night in the jun­gle alone.

“The Bomba emer­gency med­i­cal re­sponse ser­vices team at­tended to the boy af­ter he was rescued prior to send­ing him to the Teng Bukap clinic for a checkup.

“Every­one in­volved in the search-and-res­cue op­er­a­tion was over­joyed that he was found safe and re­turned to his fam­ily,” added Tiong.

Tiong (right) and Bomba per­son­nel watch as Alvin­cent un­der­goes a checkup at the Teng Bukap clinic.

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