Malaysia rescuers scour jungle for missing Aussie hiker

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KUALA LUMPUR: An Australian hiker missing for more than a week in remote Malaysian jungle is at the center of a major search, rescuers said Friday.

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Andrew Gaskell, 26, set off alone into the rugged Mulu National Park on Borneo island on October 20, local fire and rescue chief Zulbada Alior told Agence France-Presse

“A local friend of Gaskell lodged a missing persons report on October 26. We immediately launched a rescue operation,” he said.

Zulbada said a total of 22 officers—park rangers, police and fire and rescue officers— were involved in the search.

“It is a thick forest out there. We have divided the search team into three groups covering a total area of 10 square kilometers (3.9 square miles).

Bian Rumei, an administrator at the Mulu National Park, told Agence France-Presse that Gaskell arrived at the park on October 19 but did no indicate his hiking plans.

The Mulu National Park is a UNESCO world heritage site and is famous for its caves, cliffs and gorges. AFP

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