Lucky 19-Year-Old Malaysian Girl Survives Freezing Night On New Zealand Mountain
A 19-year-old Malaysian girl has been rescued from a mountain in New Zealand after spending a night under freezing conditions
She was only clad in a t-shirt, hoodie, a cap and yoga pants
Saida Nadia Rosli is a student at Waikato University in New Zealand and went hiking at Mount Tongariro with five other friends on Saturday
Saida went on a mountain excursion up Mt. Tongariro along with five of her friends on Saturday, Nov 8.nst.com.my
When they stopped to take a break, she decided to hike alone in order to reach the peak earlier. At one point, her foot got stuck in the snow. She lost her balance and slid 50 metres down the side of the mountain.
During a group break, she decided to hike alone in order to reach the peak earlier. Seeing that there was no one in the area, she then turned back but her foot got stuck in the snow and she slid 50 metres down the side of the mountain.themalaymailonline.com
She was able to contact the police at about 5pm but had to turn off her phone due to a weak battery
Saida, however, managed to contact the police at around 5pm Saturday but turned the phone off because of a weak battery before they could locate her.thestar.com.my
A rescue team was deployed throughout the night. On 8.30am the next day, Saida saw a rescue helicopter. She quicky made another call to the police using the remaining battery power.
“A rescue team was nonetheless deployed throughout the night. Around 8.30am the next day, Saida Nadia Rosli spotted the rescue helicopter and made a call to the police using the remaining battery power. She was located and rescued soon after the call,” said the statement.thestar.com.my
The rescue team is surprised that Saida was still in such good conditions after enduring overnight temperatures of 1°C
Saida was flown to the Taupo Hospital where she received medical treatment for a sprained ankle before being discharged the same day.thestar.com.my
Senior Constable Barry Shepherd who was part of the rescue team told the New Zealand Herald that Saida was obviously quite resilient as overnight temperatures dropped to 1°C. “She was wearing a T-shirt, hoodie and yoga pants, pink cap, blue backpack. We were surprised she was in such good condition,” he was quoted as saying.thestar.com.my
The Malaysian High Commission in New Zealand has been in contact with her family in Malaysia to offer help and support