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Hong Kong rescue services

Female hiker airlifted to hospital after injuring head at Sharp Peak in Hong Kong

Police say she lost her footing at Sai Kung East Country Park

PUBLISHED : Monday, 02 April, 2018, 3:52pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 04 April, 2018, 5:58pm

A 56-year-old woman was airlifted to hospital after losing her footing during a hike and injuring her head in a Hong Kong country park on Monday.

Emergency service personnel were contacted at 12.43pm about the incident at Sharp Peak, also known as Nam She Tsim, in Sai Kung East Country Park.

Police said the woman, surnamed Tse, was with two other hikers, a man and a woman, at the time.

A Government Flying Service helicopter was deployed, and she was airlifted to Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital in Chai Wan for treatment.

A police spokeswoman said initial investigation indicated Tse had lost her footing and fell to the ground, injuring her head.

She was conscious while being airlifted to hospital.

Initial investigation found nothing suspicious, the force added.

The incident took place less than 24 hours after another hiker, 42, died after falling into a pool in Shau Tau Kok.

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The victim, a waitress, was hiking in Pat Sin Leng Country Park on Sunday. 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, she reportedly asked her new companions to take photos of her. But she slipped and fell three metres into the pool below – commonly known as Shek Pan Tam.

Firefighters pulled the victim out, and she was airlifted to Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital, where she was later confirmed dead.

Separately, a man, 35, suspected of suffering heatstroke, complained of feeling unwell while hiking with three female hikers near Buffalo Hill in Ma On Shan Country Park just before 2.30pm on Monday. 

Police said he was in a conscious state while being airlifted to Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital in Chai Wan.