Malaysian And Singaporean Film Crew Trapped In Gua Tempurung, Rescued By Police And Firefighters
The incident reminded people of the dramatic and well-known Tham Luang cave rescue in Thailand.
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A film crew consisting of 30 people who became trapped in Gua Tempurung in Perak were safely and successfully brought out yesterday.
Perak Police Chief, Datuk Mohd Yusri Hassan Basri, said the group comprised locals and Singaporeans.
He said the Fire and Rescue Department was informed about the incident, and a joint rescue operation was carried out.
No injuries or fatalities have been reported.
30 kru perfileman warga tempatan dan Singapura terperangkap di Gua Tempurung ekoran air naik mendadak berjaya diselamatkan dan dibawa keluar 6.10 petang tadi – Ketua Polis Perak— BERNAMA (@bernamadotcom) October 26, 2022
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Mohd Yusri said they received a notification at 4.10 pm that there were people trapped in the Gua Tempurung following a rise in water levels.
An initial investigation found that the incident started after heavy rain continued from 4 pm.
The film crews was trapped when the water rose suddenly in the cave to a depth of about 1.5 meters.
The film crew were shooting a movie called ‘Bursting Point’.
A Sense Of Deja Vu
The incident reminded people of the Tham Luang Cave rescue in northern Thailand in 2018.
All 12 boys and their coach Ekapol Chanthawong, or “Coach Ek,” were eventually rescued after being stuck in the cave for 18 days due to heavy rainfall.
Two men died in the rescue, retired Thai navy diver Saman Kunan on 5 July and Thai Navy Seal member Beirut Pakbara a year later following a blood infection he contracted in the caves.
More than 10,000 people were involved in the rescue, including more than 100 divers.
Netizens said the recent incident in Gua Tempurung is a reminder that safety is paramount.
Ya Allaahh haritu tengok Cave Rescurle Thai tu, teringat masuk Gua Tempurung pastu pikir gua tu pun possible juga jd terperangkap. Baca berita ni haa kau jd betul2 https://t.co/iYncznZ5FA— 😇✨ (@abcdayah21) October 26, 2022
In 2021, National Geographic released a documentary on the incident titled The Rescue.
On 22 September 2022, Netflix released a six-episode miniseries to chronicle the against-all-odds story.
Some Malaysians said they wanted to visit Gua Tempurung after watching the movie.
Thankfully, they could not do so as Gua Tempurung was closed to the public in October for filming.
Hari sebelum tu, aku 1 family layan thai cave rescue. Esoknya terus rasa macam eh nak lah pergi gua tempurung. Tetiba tak boleh pergi sebab ada shooting the whole month. Oh yg reply dekat tweet tu kata tak tengok cuaca ke sebelum pergi tu, dorang dah start shooting dari awal oct— 🏴Salwa Baharin🏴 (@salwahaneem93) October 26, 2022
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