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This is the single-news section of the marathonrally.com special of the Rainforest Challenge 2007, the hardest off-road trophy worldwide. To see all news please use the link under the article or navigate with the left main-navigation.

Rainforest 2007: Emergency rescue at RFC in Discussion

The weather forecast predicts further heavy rain for the Terengganu region where the Rainforest Challenge takes place. After watching the river for the last two days the RFC officials only see small chances that it will go down far enough to pass the vehicles across. After the next village on the track the route is currently completely gone. So even after the current river there would be no way out.

Tomorrow at 10h in the morning a decision will be made. The options are non promising. Due to severe flooding in the south of Malaysia all available ponton bridges from the Army have been sent to the south. A mobile Army aluminium bridge for tanks is available but it would take too much time to set it up. On Sunday morning it is planned that a helicopter from the Malaysian fire brigade lands at the HQ campsite to bring medical supplies and to pick up parts of the camp. Everyone is well to our knowledge - conditions permitting. The campsite of the main convoy is too small for the helicopter to land so this part of the RFC will have to choose another way out.

If the river has not gone down over the night the only choice at the moment will be that everyone crosses the river on the steel cable or by swimming. Then the 10 kilometers to the jungle village will have to be managed on foot by everyone. At the village the alarmed Malaysian fire brigade has already arrived with boats as any other escape route is not passable. So from the village on the participants will need to embark the rescue boats and will be shipped downstream the river where a pickup on normal streets is possible.

A large part of the competitors has arrived at the river campsite by now. The only choice for them will be to walk out by foot and leave their vehicles behind until they can be rescued or to stay with the vehicles until the water goes down.

We will keep you updated with the latest information - if the conditions and the power supply for our equipment permit it. Due to these reasons we are currently also not able to transmit videos and pictures on a regular basis. For relatives and families there is no need yet to be alarmed. The conditions in the jungle can greatly change with rain and in this year the RFC was hit with severe amounts of it. However - this is a chance that everyone takes who is participating. Already now it is very likely that this is one of the Rainforest Challenges that will be remembered very intensely by everyone ...

Article from 08.12.2007, marathorally.com/mr

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