Sun, Feb 01, 2004 - Page 4 News List

Student told come down or face fine

By Jimmy Chuang  /  STAFF REPORTER

The Taroko National Park Department officials yesterday said that they are considering fining National Taiwan Normal University graduate student Kuo Cheng-yan (郭正彥) NT$1,000 each day if he refuses to leave the mountain area immediately.

"We are still trying to get hold of him and talk him down. In the meantime, we hope that he leaves as soon as possible, otherwise we will begin to fine him," said Huang Wen-ching (黃文卿), director of the department.

Kuo and his other two companions Chang Chih-wei (張志瑋), a Chiao Tung University graduate student and his girlfriend Su Yi-fan (蘇奕帆), who is an undergraduate student from National Taiwan Normal University set out to the Panshihshan area in the Taroko National Park on Jan. 15 and planned to return on Jan. 21. However, they were trapped by heavy snow.

On Jan. 25, Chang used her cellular phone to send a text message to a fellow member of their mountain-climbing club for help.

On Friday, a military rescue helicopter picked up Chang and Su around 11am and the couple were hurried to a local hospital in Taichung County for a checkup.

However, Kuo refused to leave the mountains and said that he would complete his research on deer in the Panshihshan area.

The National Park Rangers said that Kuo had used his cellular phone and call the police's toll-free number to report that he still had plenty of food and he was physically well. He had not finished his work in the mountains, however, so he did not want to leave, he said.

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