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Missing Korean trekker found alive after 11 days

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TUGUEGARAO CITY, Philippines- A Korean trekker who went missing on June 9 was found alive on Tuesday, June 20.

Joint operatives of the Barlig town police in Mountain Province and the local disaster team rescued Choi Sung Kyu, 56, in a part of the mountain in the vicinity of Sitio (sub-village) Sicling in Latang village.

Choi was last seen leaving an inn in Barlig town and was reportedly bound for Banaue, Ifugao on June 9. Police lost contact of him on June 13.

A local rescuer, named as certain Joselito Tucyap, reportedly saw Choi at a “thick and forested area” in Latang and convinced him to go to with him.

Tucyap then alerted the Barlig police, who, upon verification, immediately proceeded to the place and fetched Choi to downtown.

Choi told rescuers that he mostly drank spring water and there were times that he desperately drank his own urine.

Senior Inspector Bernard Bone Navarra Betgo, Barlig town police chief, said Choi was brought to the Barlig District Hospital for an immediate medical treatment.

RESCUED. A police officer carries a weak Choi Sung Kyu after he was found at a forested area in Barlig town. PNP photo

A doctor in hospital said Choi was immediately hydrated and his blood pressure was stabilized.

“Mr. Choi is now reunited with his family, with the Korean embassy consul and other staff, friends and other Korean volunteers who have been giving physical as well as moral support during the seven-day operations,” the Mountain Province’s Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council said in a statement.

He is set to be brought to Bontoc on Wednesday, June 21, if his “health condition permits.” Northernforum.net

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