Monday January 7, 2013
Veterinarianís first attempt at hiking turns fatal
By WINNIE YEOH
GEORGE TOWN: Veterinarian Dr Yeoh Oon Tatt (pic), an avid jogger, decided to go trekking for the first time in his life and it turned out to be a fatal decision.
He suffered a heart attack at the Penang Municipal Park hiking trail and died. He was 65.
Dr Yeoh, who had a clinic in Jelutong, was found lying on the ground by his wife at the rest area at Point 3.
His best friend, who wished to be known only as Neoh, 70, said they were in a group of seven friends.
“We arrived at the park at about 7.30am and started to hike up to Point 3, about 1.5km away.
“Six of us, including Dr Yeoh's wife, then went up to Point 5 after he told us he needed a rest,” he said when met at the park yesterday.
Neoh said he and Dr Yeoh would go jogging at Bukit Dumbar at least twice a week.
It is learnt that the veterinarian had a heart bypass operation several years ago.
Dr Yeoh's body was found at about 9.30am yesterday and more than 20 personnel from the Civil Defence Department, Penang Hospital and St John Ambulance rushed to the scene.
Police have classified the case as sudden death and Dr Yeoh's body was sent to the Penang Hospital for a post-mortem.
Penang Adventurers Club president Wong Pang Kong advised hikers not to over-exert themselves.
“Hiking is not a competition and regardless of age, we ought to do it slowly and at our own pace.
“You should also rest well the night before a hike,” he said.
In 2008, hiker Koe Liew Hong, 59, suffered a heart attack while attempting the Point 5 trail.
On May 11, 2005, Hing Kok Wooi, 30, was trekking up the hill when he lost his way at Level 6 of the trail.
He was found dead four days later in a forested area between Level 5 and Bukit Cendana.