(UPDATED) Camping group stranded across river in Kapit rescued

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The group was safely evacuated from the site. – Photo by APM

KAPIT (Feb 12): A group of 41 campers from Bintulu were stranded while camping across the Sungai Yong here last night due to the river’s high tide following heavy rain.

Sibu Fire and Rescue Department (Bomba) zone chief Andy Alie said the 41 people were rescued in an operation last night after a distress call was received at 8.32pm.

He said eight rescuers from the Kapit fire station were dispatched to the area near Rumah Untang, Sungai Yong Jalan Bukit Goram here for the rescue operation.

The rescue team arrived at 8.53pm and discovered the nine families stranded on the other side of the river.

“All of the victims who came on holiday from Bintulu spent the night on the riverbank last Saturday.

“After bad weather and rain in the evening, the water in the river suddenly rose, causing a surge of water,” he said in a statement.

He said the rescue team installed a safety rope to cross the river due to the strong current at chest level, which was approximately 1.5 metres deep.

“The rescuers then used a personal line attached to the safety line to help the victims cross the river one by one.

No injuries were reported in the incident, he said, adding that the operation ended at 9.56pm.