First aid and initial support can be provided immediately on the ground by staff. There are medical clinic facilities available at small settlements such as Long Banga, Long San and Long Akah, plus an excellent hospital in Miri, in Sarawak for our trips which visit the Penan tribe. In Sabah there are excellent facilities in Kota Kinabalu. All rescues and emergencies will be medi-vaced by helicopter or the most available form of transport to either hospital in Miri or Kota Kinabalu.
The only two methods of travel and transport in the jungle are on foot, by boat, by helicopter and in certain locations by 4x4. Obviously certain medical conditions are either so debilitating or urgent that the first option is not practicable as an evacuation method. Helicopter evacuation is dependent on favourable weather conditions and a suitable landing site. We have contacts at the helicopter companies and in the case of a medical emergency we will coordinate an efficient rescue. Communication is by telephone, there is some signal in the forest villages, but clearly this area is not within immediate contact of a hospital and any emergency would take time based on the helicopter timing and ability to land safely.
The helicopter company will require a payment guarantee before they fly, this will be done by contacting your insurance provider, opening a case number and arranging the relevant exchanges of information and certification. For this purpose it is essential that you have the right policy and provide us with all the policy details. You should also carry your policy with you and also have your credit card with you to use iniitially to pay for a service which can then be recovered through your insurance provider.
It will be a matter of the helicopter company ascertaining that it is safe to fly to the relevant location and then flying the casualty to a nominated location, almost certainly a hospital in Miri, Kuching or Kota Kinabalu at least initially. Our staff who will help to coordinate any further stages in the process and ensure that family is informed, unless it is already done so by yourself.
If for any reason the helicopter is unable to fly we will use our many local staff and contacts to coordinate an alternative rescue and treatment regime. This in reality means being taken out of the area by boat and 4x4 to the nearest landing strip and calling in an aeroplane to fly out to Miri or Kuching.
Layang Layang Services
Terminal 2, KKIA Tanjung Aru, 88100 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia.
Haji Kamalrudin Osman
Deputy Ops Manager, Kota Kinabalu Office
Tel: +6 019-8899412/8823636 or +6 088-484919
Mr Joseph Ling
OPS, Miri office
Tel: +6 019-8493062, +6 085 414199
Mr Chan Chuan Lee, General Manager, Tel: +6 016-8791177
Capt Irwin, Ops Manager, Tel: +6 016-2198080
BO 105 RM 4800.00 per hour flight
Twin Engine Helicopter 4 pax or 1 x stretcher + 2 pax
Bell 206 RM 2800.00 per hour flight
Single Engine Helicopter 4 pax or 1 x stretcher + 1 pax
Evacuation will be carried out in VMC/day time only
Evacuation subject to helicopter availability
Allowable waiting time at any one station is 1 Hour. Thereafter a rate of RM500.00 per hour or part thereof will be charged.
Night stop charges are RM650.00 for Pilot & Heli per night
The charterer will pay in advance one hour flight time before the commencement of the charter flight.
The Final cost of charter will be calculated upon completion of such flight & the balance shall be payable on presentation of invoice by cash or cheque made payable to Layang Layang Aerospace
Co-ordinates for villages visited on our Sarawak trips where landing facilities are available:
Ba Lai NO3 19.330 E115 20.123
1 hour walk at end of logging road and start of trail to village
Long Kerong NO3 17.068 E115 12.881
Has heli landing space next to small medical clinic in village
Long Speigen NO3 13.570 E115 11.884
Main logging road at Long Siut (approx 45 mins downriver) or at a number of sights upriver where there are large flat rice field clearings.