Miss­ing Aus­tralian found in Malaysia jun­gle

Malta Independent - - WORLD -

An Aus­tralian tourist miss­ing in a Malaysian moun­tain range for nearly two weeks has been found alive.

An­drew Gaskell was re­ported miss­ing on 20 Oc­to­ber as he was trekking alone in Mulu Na­tional Park in the Sarawak re­gion of Malaysian Bor­neo.

Mr Gaskell seemed to have suf­fered from mal­nour­ish­ment but was con­scious and able to talk to his res­cuers, the Bor­neo Post re­ported. “Nu­mer­ous leeches” were found on his legs, said the pa­per. He has been taken to hos­pi­tal in Miri. Mr Gaskell’s fam­ily and Aus­tralia’s Depart­ment of For­eign Af­fairs and Trade have con­firmed his res­cue.

His rel­a­tives had pre­vi­ously thanked Malaysian au­thor­i­ties for their help in “the dif­fi­cult time”.

More than 60 per­son­nel were in­volved with the search mis­sion for the 26-year-old en­gi­neer from Tas­ma­nia.

Mr Gaskell had writ­ten on his blog that he was set­ting out on a trip to Asia in Au­gust.

“And maybe, just maybe, in the course of my trav­els I’ll come to some sort of con­clu­sion as to who I am and what I want to do with my life,” he wrote. “And so be­gins my jour­ney be­yond the hori­zon.” A World Her­itage site, the Mulu Na­tional Park is famed for its caves and lime­stone for­ma­tions.

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