The Jakarta Post
The climbing trail of Mt Semeru, which is located on the border of Lumajang and Malang regencies in East Java, was reopened on Friday after a search and rescue (SAR) team found a climber reported missing.
'Today, Semeru's mountain trekking route has been reopened. Climbers are permitted to climb Mt Semeru but only up to Kalimati,' said Achmad Susdjoto, Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park's (TNBTS) region 2 division head in Lumajang, as quoted by Antara.
The trail that goes up the volcano, which is 3,676 meters above the sea level, was temporarily closed on Thursday as the SAR team conducted a search operation to find Daniel Saroha, 31, a Bogor resident who was reported missing.
'The missing climber was found and evacuated by the joint SAR team to Ranupani; thus, Semeru's climbing trail can be reopened today,' said Achmad.
During the operation on Thursday, the SAR team also evacuated Dania Agustina Rahman, a climber who died on Semeru, and handed over her body to her family in Sukabumi, West Java. Meanwhile, another climber who survived, M. Rendika from Medan, North Sumatra, is undergoing medical treatment for his wounds at Saiful Anwar Hospital (RSSA) in Malang.
Achmad said all climbers must adhere to TNBTS' rules, which prohibited climbers from going to the peak of Mt Semeru.
'Our officials will be more strict about the regulation, which only allows mountain trekking up to Kalimati so that the recent incidents affecting the three climbers will not occur again,' he said.
Antara reported that the one day closure of Mt Semeru's climbing trail had led dozens of climbers to stop at the Ranupani post. Climbers from outside East Java had even had to stay overnight in Ranupani, waiting for the reopening of the climbing trail.
A climber from Jakarta, Saiful, said he had spent two days in Ranupani with his friends, waiting for the climbing trail to be reopened.
'When we arrived at the Ranupani post, we found that none of the climbers were allowed to climb due to an operation to find a climber reported missing. We had taken a long trip to come here from Jakarta so it would be better for us to wait until the climbing trail was reopened,' said Saiful. (nov/ebf)(+++)
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