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Updated: 12/29/2013 14:08 | By Channel NewsAsia

NUS student dies after falling off Gunung Stong in Kelantan

NUS student dies after falling off Gunung Stong in Kelantan

NUS student dies after falling off Gunung Stong in Kelantan

SINGAPORE: An undergraduate from the National University of Singapore (NUS) died on Saturday while on a trekking trip in Kelantan, Malaysia.

According to media reports, 23-year-old Lee Jun Jie fell off a cliff at about 7pm.

The incident took place at Gunung Stong, a mountain known for its waterfalls.

Malaysian Police said they received a call about the fall at 7.30pm on Saturday. But due to the dark and slippery conditions, search-and-rescue operations only started at 7.30am on Sunday.

Lee's body was found at about 10am and sent to the nearby Kuala Krai Hospital for post mortem.

Some 40 policemen, firemen and volunteers used a pulley system to retrieve Mr Lee's body.

Malaysian Police said Lee's family arrived in Kelantan at about noon on Sunday.

NUS said two staff members had accompanied Lee's family.

NUS added that Lee was with a group of 22 others on a camping trip that started on Saturday evening.

NUS is planning for the rest to return to Singapore soon.

In a statement, NUS said it is deeply saddened by Lee's death, adding that his family was informed about the accident immediately.

NUS is also in touch with Singapore's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Malaysian authorities.

Officer-in-charge of Jeli fire and rescue station, Soleh Nasir, told Bernama that Lee was enjoying the sunset at the Baha's Camp, located at the top of the seven-tiered Stong waterfalls, when the mishap occurred.

"He was said to have stood on the slippery cliff to enjoy the sunset before falling into the waterfalls below," Soleh said.

The waterfalls in Gunung Stong, which stand at a height of 1,422m, are deemed the highest tiered waterfalls in Southeast Asia.   - CNA/BERNAMA/nd/de

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