Australian backpacker found after two weeks in Malaysian jungle

Published on : Wednesday, November 2, 2016

mulu-national-parkAn Australian backpacker who went missing in the Malaysian jungle has been found alive but emaciated and covered in leeches.


A search and rescue team found Andrew Gaskell at about 1 p.m. local time Tuesday in Malaysia’s Mulu National Park.


The 544-square-kilometre park has fast flowing rivers, dense jungle and one of the world’s largest limestone cave systems.


Andrew Gaskell, an engineer who was trekking alone through Asia to “come to some sort of conclusion as to who I am”, entered the Mulu national park in Borneo for a week-long hike on October 18.


He was declared missing several days later after failing to make contact with family or friends.


Gaskell got lost after eschewing local park regulations requiring that visitors take a guide, district police officer-in-charge Gabriel Marudi said. Around 40 rescue personnel launched a search for him.


Gaskell said he got lost after descending a mountain at sunset into bushland where there were a lot of different trails.


Rescue teams have not yet provided a detailed account of how Mr. Gaskell survived because they were unable to leave the parkland due to poor weather.


Gaskell was thin and weak and had an injured foot but was flown by helicopter to the town of Miri and was expected to recover


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