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Malaysian man dies scaling Jade Mountain

2017/05/17 16:25:38

(Photo courtesy of Chiayi County Fire Bureau)

Taipei, May 17 (CNA) A Malaysian man climbing Taiwan's highest peak, the 3,952-meter Jade Mountain, died Wednesday, possibly from hypothermia, Chiayi County Fire Bureau confirmed.

The man, Chaiock Foong, 77, and his friends arrived on Monday at Paiyun Lodge (排雲山莊), located on the west slope of the mountain's main peak at 3,402 meters. They planned to climb to the top on Tuesday morning.

However, they were forced to abort the climb after days of rain made the route too treacherous, firefighters said.

Friends accompanying Foong found him unconscious on Tuesday night and sought immediate assistance. Staff at the lodge performed AED and CPR, while alerting firefighters about the emergency situation. Rescuers braved the weather, heading up the mountain from a hiking gate at 2,610 meters.

After more than five hours of trekking through the night, they arrived at the lodge at 5:40 a.m., on Wednesday, but Foong was already dead.

As the inclement weather prevented a helicopter from landing at the lodge, rescuers and policemen from Jade Mountain National Park carried the body down the muddy trail, arriving at the hiking gate at 11 a.m.

Rescuers urged those who want to scale high mountains to first seek medical advice before embarking on such a potentially dangerous journey.

(By Huang Kuo-fang and Lilian Wu)