A French tourist was pronounced dead yesterday evening following an ill-fated hike at Bukit Tabur in Taman Melawati, in the Ampang neighborhood of Kuala Lumpur yesterday afternoon.
Twenty-nine-year-old Martin Simon Nathan had been taking a hike with his girlfriend when the accident occurred at approximately 3:30pm, one hour after they began their excursion in the popular nature spot.
Nathan was pronounced dead at the scene, having suffered catastrophic head injuries after he slipped and fell.
Fire officials were dispatched, and arrived at the scene at 4pm, where they were helped by members of the search and rescue operations division of the Forestry Department, and non-government organization Bencana Rescue Malaysia.
After searching for nearly three hours, authorities found Mr. Nathan’s body at 6:45pm.
Due to limited light and steep terrain, officials struggled to move his body from the site where he was found to a waiting ambulance. At 10:35pm rescue team members were able to bring his body down, and it was sent to the forensics unit of Ampang Hospital for a postmortem.
Police have stated that they suspect no criminal element in the case, making the young man’s death a tragic accident.