By BORNEOTODAY REPORTERS
KOTA KINABALU: A massive search is on for a local climber who went missing while descending Malaysia’s third highest mountain – Mount Tambuyukon – in Sabah’s Crocker Range on Sunday.
Alan Chang Yun Kong, 31, was among a group of six climbers and two guides scaling the 2,579 metre high mountain, and were on their way down on Sunday when he was last seen at about 4.30pm.
Sabah Parks deputy director Dr Maklarin Lakim in a statement Monday said one of the guides, Dianik Dani only realised that Alan was missing after the group reached the Monggis station on Sunday night.
Maklarin said a report was lodged at about 9.45pm and a search and rescue was immediately mounted for Alan.
“A search involving mountain guides, Kg Monggis villagers and Sabah Parks staff started at about 10.40pm,” he added.
The group started their climb at 8.30am on Saturday (May 27), and stayed overnight along the way before continuing their journey to the peak of the mountain.
The next day, they started to move down the mountain, but it is learnt that Alan had lost his way when he got separated from the group.
He said Alan was believed to have gone missing at about 4.30pm Sunday near kilometre 6 or 7 of the 14km route.
“Our search operations are ongoing,” Maklarin said, adding the police and firemen have been roped in to help in the search and rescue operation.
As at 8pm Monday there was no further updates on the situation.