Hong Kong hiker dies in hospital after being found unconscious on Kowloon Peak slope

Clifford Lo
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A 58-year-old man, who went missing while hiking alone in a Hong Kong country park on Tuesday and sparked an overnight search, died in a hospital after being found unconscious on a slope near Kowloon Peak on Wednesday.

Yu Kwok-keung, a retiree, left his Chai Wan home on Tuesday morning and 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.

He last sent a message to his family members to report his safety before midday and then his family lost contact with him.

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According to police, his wife reported him missing at 7.19pm after he had not returned home and she was unable to contact him.

The number of mountain rescue incidents in Hong Kong rose to 602 in 2020 from 215 in the previous year. Photo: Facebook
The number of mountain rescue incidents in Hong Kong rose to 602 in 2020 from 215 in the previous year. Photo: Facebook

An air and land search was soon launched, involving police along with the Fire Services Department, the Government Flying Service and the Civil Aid Service. Eleven fire engines and three ambulances were deployed in the operation.

Around 1pm on Wednesday, Yu was found unconscious with injuries to the right side of his body when he was located by firefighters on a slope at Kowloon Peak, according to a police spokesman.

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“The victim was airlifted to Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital [in Chai Wan], where he was certified dead at 1.21pm,” police said in their statement. “An autopsy will be carried out to establish the cause of death.”

The number of mountain rescue incidents in Hong Kong rose to 602 in 2020 from 215 in the previous year. The number of hiking deaths fell to 11 in 2020 from 13 in 2019, but the number of injuries rose to 323 last year from 121 the year before.

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