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Smart assists search operations

IPOH, 12 Jan 2009: The Special Malaysia Disaster Assistance and Rescue Team (Smart) is lending a helping hand to locate a security guard, believed trapped underneath some limestone rubble at the Perak Tong limestone cave temple here.

Besides the Smart team, Fire and Rescue Department personnel, Rela and the police dog unit are also involved in the operation to rescue Yip Lum Choon.

The 55-year-old was among 18 people trapped when part of the roof of the cave collapsed suddenly about 3pm yesterday.

Sixteen of the victims were rescued, one was critically injured but Yip was trapped in the rubble.

Perak police chief Datuk Zulkefli Abdullah said the operation continued today, using minor explosions to demolish the rocks and locate the victim.

He said Yip had begun working as a security guard at the temple, just 10 days ago.

The temple is a regular haunt for tourists. — Bernama


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