30 rescued after being trapped in cave in Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia—About 30 film crews trapped in a cave in northern Malaysia after heavy rains on Wednesday have been rescued, police said.

Two police officers, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to release the information, confirmed that all those trapped in Tempurung Cave in Kampar district, Perak state have safely evacuated. They were unable to give any further details.

Perak Police Chief Mohammad Yusri Hassan Basri said people were trapped when water levels near the exit of the cave rose to about 1.5 meters (5 feet) due to heavy rains, the Utsusan Malaysian newspaper was quoted as saying. rice field.

He said those trapped were members of a film crew from a Singaporean production company that was filming at the location. He said there were 80 crew members in total, but all but 30, including locals and Singaporeans, managed to escape.

“All trapped crew members have been rescued and removed from the area,” he was quoted as saying, two hours after authorities were notified. He said no injuries were reported.

A spectacular network of chambers over 3 kilometers (1.8 miles) long, Tempurung Cave is believed to be the longest and largest limestone cave in Peninsular Malaysia. It is a popular sightseeing spot with a promenade and sections maintained with illuminations.

Associated Press