Hiker Lost at Island Park Trail Again

On: Thursday, April 22, 2010

This is not the first time that it has happened here. I've never tried this trail but seems like it is not clearly marked resulting in people getting lost. The authorities should do something to prevent this from ever repeating. Fortunately no lives were lost and the hikers were found in ample time.

From all these incidents, the one most important lesson is to bring along your mobile phones and inform someone about your hiking activities. Here are the related stories in chronological order.


Apr 21, 2010 - Lost Hiker Found After SOS Call to Classmate
HAVING a mobile phone became invaluable for two teenage hikers in Penang as they managed to call for help after getting lost on a hiking trail next to Island Park.

Students S. Sanjeeva and Ranmeet Singh, both 19, began the hike at about 5pm on Monday and realised they were lost some two hours later.

Feb 19, 2009 - Bukit Jambul Hiker rescued
A 38-year-old solo hiker who lost his way on a hill trek yesterday evening was rescued three hours later. Ooi Teng Li, a factory engineer, started hiking up Bukit Jambul about 6.30pm but lost his way as he descended. Northeast district police chief Assistant Commissioner Azam Abdul Hamid said Ooi was located about 10.30pm halfway down the hill, in a drizzle.  

Nov 6, 2006 - Housewife and son stranded on a hill near Island Park for more than 10hours
Housewife Esther Goh, 38, and her son Desmond Keoh, 14, who were stranded on a hill near Island Park for more than 10 hours in pitch darkness, have been rescued.About 15 Hash House Harriers members spotted the two near the summit on Lee Shui Shan (Green Water Hill) about 3am yesterday. Goh and Desmond had hiked up the hill about 4pm on Saturday.

May 15, 2005 - Rescue Teams extend search for missing hiker
Rescue teams have widened their search areas to locate 30-year-old Hing Kok Wooi, who lost his way in the Penang Municipal Park on Wednesday. State police chief Deputy Commissioner Datuk Christopher Wan Soo Kee said search teams would go up to the highest peak, Level 8, and also the nearby Penang Hill.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon today directed the Penang Island Municipal Council to identify hiking routes in the park deemed dangerous. "Some sections of the trails are quite steep, with ravines on one side. People can slip and fall into them." He said the dangerous stretches should be fenced and the uneven trails patched up. Directional signboards should also be set up, he said.

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6 comments on "Hiker Lost at Island Park Trail Again"

Kazuo Lim said...

I think they shouldn't hike by themselves if this is their first time. Experience is quite important while hiking through trail. Moreover, they should hike early in the morning.
Luckily their mobile still have reception.

Shaun Yap said...

I couldn't imagine how is the trail like over there. If not clearly marked then high chances ppl may get lost. Best thing to do if not sure is stay put and don't go further.

Kazuo Lim said...

Yes. However, some people are just Kéh Gao Gao.. If anything happen they cry also no use.

Kazuo Lim said...

Yes. However, some people are just Kéh Gao Gao.. If anything happen they cry also no use.

Shaun Yap said...

Hi Ron,
I fully agree with you. Instead of finding the easy solution which is to close the path, the authorities should clearly mark it and put up warning signs.

dear sir/madam

re lost at island park trail again,im sorry to hear that this happened,however the only way to avoid this is to inform the public that this trail is unsuitable for weekend warriors,at the start of the trail there should be this notice to deter the less proficient hikers,the other alternatives are,concrete paths and stairs every trail,sos phones on the trail etc etc.probably thousands of people annually hike here it only takes one or two people to get lost to raise the awareness of the authorities then the trail becomes spoilt,worst possible scenario closed

ron

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