30 people rescued after being trapped in a Malaysian cave

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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — About 30 members of a film crew trapped in a limestone cave in northern Malaysia during heavy rain on Wednesday have been rescued, police said.

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — About 30 members of a film crew trapped in a limestone cave in northern Malaysia during heavy rain on Wednesday have been rescued, police said.

Two police officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to release information, confirmed that all those trapped in Tempurung cave in Kampar district, Perak State, had been safely evacuated. They could not provide further details.

Perak Police Chief Mohamad Yusri Hassan Basri was quoted by Utusan Malaysia newspaper as saying people were trapped when the water level near the cave exit reached around 1.5 meter (5 feet) due to heavy rain.

He said those trapped were members of a film crew from a Singaporean production company filming on location. He said there were a total of 80 crew members but most managed to escape except for 30 people including locals and Singaporeans.

“All trapped crew members were rescued and taken out of the area” two hours after authorities were notified, he said. He said no injuries were reported.

Tempurung Cave, a spectacular network of chambers over three kilometers (1.8 miles) long, is believed to be the longest and largest limestone cave in the Malay Peninsula. It is a popular tourist attraction, with sections fitted out with walkways and lighting.

The Associated Press

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