Date
21 January 2017
One of Hong Kong's best known landmarks, called lion's head, would have been the perfect backdrop for a selfie-seeking hiker who died trying to capture the shot of a lifetime. Photo: weshare.hk
One of Hong Kong's best known landmarks, called lion's head, would have been the perfect backdrop for a selfie-seeking hiker who died trying to capture the shot of a lifetime. Photo: weshare.hk

Man falls to death trying to take selfie of a lifetime

A hiker who tried to take a selfie against one of Hong Kong’s best known backdrops died after falling 150 meters off Lion Rock mountain.

The 30-year-old man was found on a rocky hillside and was certified dead on the spot by paramedics from the Government Flying Service, Apple Daily reports.

No identity documents were found on his body.

A witness said he saw the man, who was hiking alone, take selfies with the famous lion’s head in the backdrop around 1 p.m. on Saturday.

“He was moving further out, probably to get a better view of himself and the lion’s head,” he said.

The man had moved to the edge of the cliff with no railings before he disappeared from view.  

The witness said he next heard a scream.

When he went to investigate, he saw the man desperately clinging to a clump of grass, trying to keep from falling.

The witness said he and his group tried to reach him by climbing down the hillside but it was too late. 

Firemen and paramedics arrived three hours later and recovered the man’s body and a bag.  

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