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Pilot swims for hours in Borneo river after crash

The Local · 20 Jul 2012, 11:17

Published: 20 Jul 2012 11:17 GMT+02:00

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A search operation was launched for his three passengers after he was found and managed to tell officials what had happened, the Malaysian Star newspaper reported online.

The helicopter crashed on Friday around 150 kilometres from the city of Kuching, in the Malaysian part of Borneo. The paper said it went down at around 9:20am local time in the Batang Lupar river mouth.

It identified the German pilot as a 35-year-old, but did not seem to have a correct name.

A local police official told news agency AFP that the pilot, who was flying a privately-owned helicopter, was being treated at a clinic but did not specify what injuries he had picked up.

The dense jungle which covers much of the Sarawak state is full of leeches, while the rivers are often home to large crocodiles which have been known to attack local fishermen.

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13:10 July 20, 2012 by bbcheen
While I appreciate having German/Europe news in english, I can't over how the Local resembles a foreign version of Fox news...Occasionally reporting something important but mostly just dribble like cat's in trees and Germans crashing their private helicopters.
15:18 July 20, 2012 by IchBinKönig

Please, give us an example of the Fox News stories you speak of. Or are you just talking out of your posterior?
16:25 July 20, 2012 by zeddriver

I'm sure that bbcheen is not talking out of their posterior. Probably just reading from the George Soros Or Huffington post supplied script.

I have never seen a news agency that only broadcast 100% hard news. Even back in my younger days when there were only three networks in America. Same goes for news print. There have always been and will always be human interest/ humorous stories. people shouldn't be 100% serious 24 hours a day. It's bad for your health.

I think that the constant barrage of bad news 24/7. Long hours at work and the fact that a lot of jobs try and make you work while at home in addition to the office. To much time on facebook, Iphone, Ipad, And the internet in general. It's no wonder we are always at our wit's end. We don't know how to shut down and just relax.
17:33 July 20, 2012 by IchBinKönig

I agree, completely. I have no television, so I don't have access to Fox News on TV, but I just went to the Fox News website, and I just don't see that much fluff. Sure, a story about a 600-year old bra, but nothing out of the ordinary that hasn't graced ANY news website, even the much theLocal lauded NYTimes.
14:18 July 21, 2012 by bbcheen
Here is a perfect example, found on the front page of the Fox News site.


Why is this in the national news?
22:19 July 21, 2012 by cybercktan
This is the follow up!

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