Firefighters rescued a cyclist who had plunged 20 meters down a steep hillside in Shek O on Monday night, Apple Daily reported.
The 31-year-old man surnamed Mak was cycling along Shek O Road on his way to Lan Nai Wan Village when he felt unwell. He pulled over by the roadside and took a rest.
That’s when he blacked out and fell down the hillside. When he came around, he called the police for help.
Firefighters used ropes to pull him back to the road and an ambulance took him to hospital.
Mak sustained bruises, but was in stable condition after treatment.
Dr. Wong Ping-shan of the Hong Kong Sports Institute said fainting could occur if someone sits down immediately after a strenuous exercise, making it difficult for blood to flow back to the heart.
He suggested that riders who want to take a rest should first walk alongside their bike instead of immediately sitting down.
He also reminded people to drink enough water when exercising outdoors, especially these days when temperature could soar.
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