PUBLISHED : Saturday, 27 January, 2001, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 27 January, 2001, 12:00am

This youngster was well wrapped up against the cold in Hong Kong Park after the Observatory forecast an intense northeasterly winter monsoon would bring cold weather for the next few days.

With the temperatures falling to nine degrees Celsius in the New Territories and outlying islands on Thursday night, a helicopter plucked five campers to safety after they were caught in Sai Kung and Tai Mo Shan country parks. A man, 20, and woman, 19, were treated for hypothermia after their beach-side tent blew over at Long Ke, east of High Island Reservoir.

They took shelter in the Wu Oi Christian Centre at 5am before a Government Flying Service helicopter flew them to Siu Sai Wan, from where an ambulance took them to Eastern Hospital. They were in stable condition.

The helicopter was called again three hours later to pick up a four-year-old girl from a campsite in Chek Keng. She was taken to Eastern Hospital and treated for hypothermia. A boy and a girl, both 17, were taken to Alice Ho Miu Ling Nethersole Hospital, Tai Po, from their camp at Lead Mine Pass, Tai Mo Shan. They were suffering from hypothermia.