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Search for Missing Hikers Resumes

Little Hope that Two West Javanese Students Missing on Bali's Mt. Agung Will be Found Alive.

(2/11/2008) The search for two remaining university students of a group of 3 last heard from on December 26, 2007, and gone missing while hiking on Bali's Mt. Agung has resumed following a break for the Galungan-Kuningan religious celebrations.

As reported on Balidiscovery.com, [See: Search Halted for Missing Students on Mount Agung] search efforts were suspended on January 18, 2008, by the Bali Search and Rescue (SAR) squad.

The body of one of the hikers, Muhammad Iqbal (21), was discovered by searchers on January 6th but the remaining 2 students remain missing. The dead hiker's companions are Eko Saputra Sudirman and Yunita Indah Savitri.

When discovered in a ravine by SAR members, Iqbal's body was in a sitting position with his hands covering his ears. A medical examination performed at Bali's Sanglah General Hospital confirmed the young man died from exposure to the elements. Temperatures in the mountain area where the body was found regularly dip to 10 degree Celsius.

SAR workers hold little hope of finding the remaining hikers alive, but have deployed several hundred searchers in an attempt to recover their remains.