Hiker dies after falling down steep slope in Hong Kong country park

Clifford Lo

A hiker died after falling 20 metres down a steep slope dubbed “suicide cliff” at a Hong Kong country park on Monday, police said.

Officers received a call shortly before 3pm about the incident, and the Government Flying Service and firefighters were mobilised.

The woman had been with a group of about 10 who set off for Kowloon Peak, also known as Fei Ngo Shan, in Ma On Shan Country Park from Clear Water Bay Road in Choi Hung.

The fall occurred when the group reached the steep slope.

“One of the hikers filed a police report saying that his female friend tumbled down the slope known as suicide cliff,” a police spokeswoman said.

Firefighters were sent up the hill to rescue the woman. Photo: TVB News

Emergency personnel were then sent to the scene.

Authorities said a helicopter was deployed to airlift nine firefighters to the top at about 4.30pm, before the team headed down to the injured woman. The firefighters were from the elite high-angle rescue team.

A spokesman for the fire department said another team of firefighters walked up the mountain. Six fire engines and an ambulance were also deployed.

The spokesman said officers found the injured woman unconscious about 150 metres below the slope, although police later said the woman fell 20 metres.

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In November 2017, a 48-year-old woman died after she fell down the cliff.

In August of the same year, two hikers from mainland China – a 31-year-old man and a 47-year-old woman – ran into trouble and were stranded on the same cliff in the middle of a No 8 typhoon, which led to a rescue operation that took more than 24 hours, with 160 firefighters, 10 ambulances and 31 fire engines deployed to bring them to safety.

Additional reporting by Phila Siu

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