51-year-old man dies while climbing Malaysia’s highest mountain, Mount Kinabalu

Image: Mount Kinabalu/Creative Commons
Image: Mount Kinabalu/Creative Commons

Yesterday, a 51-year-old Malaysian man died while climbing Mount Kinabalu, the country’s highest mountain. 

At KM 3.2 of the trail, the man was reported as being unconscious by a mountain guide. After he was taken down from the mountain, medical personnel declared him dead, according to a statement by the Sabah Fire and Rescue Department Operations Center.

The mountain guide informed the Mountain Search and Rescue (Mosar) team at 1:23 pm that a climber had passed out while climbing the mountain.

The team attempted cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on the victim before carrying him down to Timpohon Gate on a stretcher, assisted by Sabah Parks staff and mountain guides.

“The victim was certified dead by medical professionals before being handed over to the police for further action,” the fire and rescue department statement said, adding that the operation was completed around 4.30 p.m.

Mount Kinabalu is the highest mountain in Borneo and Malaysia. 

With an elevation of 13,435 feet, it is the third-highest peak of any island on Earth, and the 20th most prominent mountain in the world by topographic prominence. 

The mountain is located in the Ranau district of the West Coast Division of Sabah, Malaysia.

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