Lost Aussie found

> Solo trekker had been miss­ing since Oct 20 at Mulu Na­tional Park

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

MIRI: Aus­tralian tourist An­drew James Gaskell, 25, has been found alive by search and res­cue teams comb­ing the Mulu sum­mit.

Gaskell had been miss­ing since Oct 20 af­ter em­bark­ing on a solo trek at the Mulu Na­tional Park.

Miri Fire and Res­cue Depart­ment chief Supt Law Poh Kiong con­firmed Gaskell had been res­cued. He said the Aus­tralian was found at Camp 1.

More than 60 per­son­nel were in­volved in the search-and-res­cue ef­fort.

Gaskell ar­rived at the Miri Hos­pi­tal’s emer­gency ward late yes­ter­day af­ter­noon af­ter be­ing flown out from Mulu in a he­li­copter.

The na­tional park has net­works of vast caves, un­der­ground rivers and steep moun­tains, as well as sheer lime­stone walls.

Gaskell’s fam­ily con­firmed that he had been found and that he was “weak but happy”, adding that they were re­lieved and grate­ful to all the peo­ple in­volved in the search.

His fa­ther and brother rushed to Sarawak af­ter learn­ing that the back­packer had gone miss­ing.

Prior to leav­ing for his Asian back­pack­ing ad­ven­ture, Gaskell, who de­scribed him­self as a “dis­sat­is­fied en­gi­neer, some-time com­poser, avid hiker, keen pho­tog­ra­pher, am­a­teur foot­baller, as­pir­ing writer”, wrote of his de­sire to “come to some sort of con­clu­sion as to who I am”.

BERNAMAPIX

Gaskell in good spir­its as he is air­lifted to Miri Hos­pi­tal.

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