Elderly Hong Kong man finds his own way home after disappearance in country park prompts major search

Helicopter and more than 100 firefighters deployed to find 71-year-old hiker

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 06 September, 2017, 1:10pm
UPDATED : Friday, 22 September, 2017, 5:48pm

An elderly man who went missing for 20 hours while hiking in a Hong Kong country park, prompting a large-scale search operation, found his way home on his own on Wednesday evening.

The man, 71, left his Sha Tin home and set off for Lion Rock Country Park on Tuesday afternoon.

His wife, 70, lost contact with him after they last spoke on the phone at about 10pm. The man said he had lost his way.

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Police said he had been hiking between Sha Tin and Cheung Sha Wan, and finally went back to his flat at Sun Chui Estate in Tai Wai at around 8pm on Wednesday.

The search, involving a Government Flying Service helicopter, began around midnight after his wife made a report at 10.38pm on Tuesday.

A spokeswoman could not confirm if the man was injured.

The Fire Services Department said more than 100 firefighters were involved in the overnight search.