Malaysian hiker Ng Yin Teck (24) was found dead in Aik Kalak hot water spring on Mount Rinjani, Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara, an official said here on Wednesday, quoted from Antara News.
“We have just received information from the local people. The body is being evacuated,” Head of Senaru Resort of Mount Rinjani National Park Authority Gusti Ketut Suarta said here on Wednesday.
The Malaysian hiker, was found trespassing Mount Rinjani, as the local authorities has closed the area following a volcanic eruption in September.
Mount Rinjani National Park management had closed all climbing routes on the mount since the Centre for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation issued a hazard warning, he added.
“The hiking area had been closed and no hiking activity was allowed without official permit,” Suarta said.
The Malaysian national was reported to have started the hike from Sembalun track in East Lombok District.
He was escorted by a porter and a guide along with another female hiker from Germany, whose initial was JB (22).
Upon reaching the hot springs at 12.30pm local time, Ng and his group spent about 30 minutes swimming in the area. However, the victim failed to surface, prompting the German woman to ask for public help.
According to the spokesman, Ng’s body was found floating about 7pm when the search and rescue (SAR) operation was about to be halted due to darkness.
Suarta said that the local authorities have deployed a rescue team assisted by several local residents to evacuate the body.
Source: antaranews.com / Awaludin