Nature lover dies trying to save daughter
A NATURE lover and a doting father, David Cho Kah Loong, 47, treasured the outdoor trips he took with his seven-year-old daughter to neighbouring countries.
It started with a kayaking expedition to Koh Samui, Thailand when Rachael was just two years old. Since then, the family of three had gone on several trips to parts of Malaysia and Nepal as well.
On Sunday afternoon, Mr Cho plunged to his death from a 20m-high waterfall, while hiking
at the Gunung Pulai Recreational Forest
in Kulai, Malaysia.
At that time of the accident, he was trying to save his daughter after she slipped on the rocks near the water, said Mr Cho's wife
Chua Soo Hoon, 46, yesterday afternoon.
"We were taking a break at the top of the waterfall when Rachael slipped. Both of us tried to grab her when we fell. It was high," she told The Straits Times at the National University Hospital (NUH), where Rachael is currently warded in the paediatric intensive care unit.
She later said: "We slid for about 10m together... before he eventually left us."
Adding that it was a "miracle" that she and her daughter survived the fall, she said: "Dave died doing what he loved in the great outdoors that he embraced."
Kulai Fire and Rescue Department chief Mohd Zainuddin Khairi said they were alerted at around 12.55pm and
sent five personnel to the scene, reported Malaysian newspaper The Star.
Before Madam Chua trekked back to the access road to seek help, she noticed that Mr Cho was still breathing but bleeding badly. He was later pronounced dead by paramedics at the scene.
Both mother and daughter returned to Singapore on Sunday evening to seek treatment.