Girl, 17, lost on Borneo mountain

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The search for a British girl who went missing on a Malaysian mountain three days ago continued yesterday as fears grew about her safety.

Ellie James, 17, went missing on Thursday after she and her brother Henry were separated from a group of 12 trekkers who were climbing Mount Kinabalu on the island of Borneo. Their parents immediately raised the alarm and Henry, 15, was found a few hours later.

Brian Wood, director of Travelbag Adventures, the Hampshire-based company which organised the climb, said: "Our primary concern at present is to locate the missing girl and ensure her safety. The national park authorities have mounted a search and rescue operation and are doing everything possible."

At 13,455ft, Kinabalu is the highest peak in South-east Asia but is relatively safe to climb, though the weather can turn very bad very quickly.

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