Four teenagers lost in evening hike in MacRitchie
What was supposed to be a leisurely hike on Sunday evening turned into an unforgettable scare when four friends found themselves lost amidst the thick vegetation in MacRitchie Reservoir.
It is believed that the group, consisting of three males aged 14, 18 and 20, and a 16-year-old female, called the police for help at around 6.15pm because they did not know how to get out of the nature reserve.
A rescue team of officers from the Singapore Police Force, the Singapore Civil Defence Force and the Public Utilities Board went in search of the four. They found the group at about 8.20pm in a swampy area, near the ruins of a shrine that was built during the Japanese Occupation.
According to wildlife consultant Subaraj Rajathurai, 52, the shrine area is "out of bounds" to the public.
Mr Subaraj, who has guided people around nature reserves for more than 27 years, said: "There are so many trails that cater to so many people. As long as you stay on them, you will be safe."