German in Mount Kinabalu death fall

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Kuala Lumpur - A 22-year-old German tourist died on Monday after falling from the peak of Mount Kinabalu on Malaysia's Borneo island, police said.

District police officer Rahman Kassim said Victoria Paulsen fell about 30 metres down a rocky surface from the peak of Kinabalu, one of Southeast Asia's highest mountains and a major tourist attraction in the eastern state of Sabah.

Paulsen had climbed the peak to see the sunrise with other tourists including a guide and at least one male friend, Rahman said. Her body has been sent to a mortuary.

The guide said Paulsen had climbed over a rope into a cordoned-off area when she slipped, Rahman told AFP but added that the police were still investigating the incident.

Kinabalu Park officers could not immediately be reached for further comment.

Every year tens of thousands of locals and foreigners climb the mountain, which rises 4 095 metres high above Sabah's thick rainforests.

Fatal accidents are rare.


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