Hiker injured in Clementi Forest on National Day, rescued by firemen & carried out on stretcher for 2km

The person had a leg injury.

Zhangxin Zheng | August 10, 2021, 12:57 AM

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An injured hiker had to be rescued from Clementi Forest after three other lost hikers were recently rescued from the same place just a week ago.

In response to Mothership's queries, the Singapore Civil Defence Force confirmed that they received a call for assistance for a person who was injured within the forest at around 6pm on August 9.

Sustained leg injury

Four firefighters from Bukit Batok Fire Station and an ambulance crew trekked into the forested area for about 900m before finding the person who had sustained a leg injury.

According to the statement, the firefighters then carried the injured person out of the forested area on a stretcher for about 2km, at a different exit point.

A second SCDF ambulance then picked up the injured hiker along King Albert Park and conveyed the person to Ng Teng Fong General Hospital.

At around 8pm, ambulance and police cars were sighted by along the roadside near Sunset Way.

The rescue effort was likely to have taken more than an hour.

Nature trails to be created at Clementi Forest

Late last month, the National Parks Board (NParks) announced that there will be designated nature trails to be created at Clementi Forest after it gained awareness and popularity among nature-loving Singaporeans.

Safety concerns is one of the reasons why proper nature trails have to be created.

NParks said that as the forest is currently not intended for recreational purposes, the trees are not well maintained and pose safety concerns to hikers.

In addition, there are no proper paths or pavements, and the terrain and ground are uneven.

With more people entering the forest and going off the trail, rare flora species can be threatened as they get trampled by accident.

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