Hong Kong hiker dies after falling into pool while posing for photos
Victim reportedly asked other hikers to take photos of her before fatal plunge at Shek Pan Tam
A hiker died on Sunday after falling into a pool in Sha Tau Kok, where she was reportedly posing for photos.
The 42-year-old woman started her trek from Luk Keng in Pat Sin Leng Country Park on Sunday morning. She ran into two other hikers, and they headed to Ping Ka Stream together.
When they reached the upper part of the stream at about 4.40pm, the woman, who was a waitress from Kwun Tong, reportedly asked her new companions to take some pictures of her.
But she slipped and fell three metres into the pool below – commonly known as Shek Pan Tam or Ka Lung Tam.
The two other hikers called for help.
Firefighters pulled the victim out of the pool, and a Government Flying Service helicopter airlifted her to Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital in Chai Wan, where she was later confirmed dead.
The area around Ping Ka Stream and Shek Pan Tam is not regarded as challenging for hikers. The scenic location is popular because of its reputation for being the largest pothole zone in Hong Kong.