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Varsity student falls to death at Bukit Tabur

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 15:  The death of a university student at the popular Bukit Tabur hiking trail in Taman Melawati makes her the second fatality in two months.

Solihah Ab Rahman, 25, who fell 60m, is believed to have started her hike at around 8am yesterday with seven friends. Bukit Tabur is part of Klang Gates Quartz Ridge.

Tragedy struck after Solihah passed Checkpoint 10, which is about 470m above sea level. She was supposed to leap across two large boulders but lost her footing and fell.

Fire and Rescue Department operations commander Amer Haizal Sahek said his department received a distress call from one of the hikers at 10.38am.

“We arrived at 10.50am at the foot of the hill near an apartment in Bukit Mas and set up our command centre there.

“Twenty minutes later, five firemen began the trek up the hill to where the victim was found unconscious at around 12.45pm,” he told pressmen at the scene yesterday.

He said the woman was hoisted up about an hour later.

“Due to her condition and the steep hike down the hill, we decided to call for a helicopter to airlift her out.”

He said the fire department helicopter, which was dispatched from the Subang Airport, arrived at around 3.30pm.

Solihah was then winched out and flown to Hospital Kuala Lumpur.  However, she was unresponsive to resuscitation. She was later pronounced dead at around 4.30pm.

Solihah, the third of five siblings, had worked part-time at a bank while studying for her Master degree in economics.

FATAL CASES AT BUKIT TABUR

On Jan 5, Noor Hasmahani Hashim hurt her back after falling down a 10m slope near Checkpoint 11 and landing on tree branches.

Private school science teacher Ng Pee Tat, 32, died from injuries after he fell several metres down a steep slope at the hill on Dec 3, 2013.

Previous fatalities at Bukit Tabur involved two medical specialists, who were both experienced trekkers.

The Bukit Tabur hill, which is less than 500m above sea level, is popular among hikers as it is located close to the city and the peak offers panaromic views of Kuala Lumpur from the north as well as the dam.

Bukit Tabur is divided into the eastern and western section by the dam. Most hikers are familiar with the western section.

The eastern side offers more challenging hikes but is said to be steeper and riskier for those unfamiliar with the trail.

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