Date
23 July 2017
The elderly man and his son got separated from each other in a mountainous area as they were going to a cemetery. Photos: Wikipedia, Apple Daily
The elderly man and his son got separated from each other in a mountainous area as they were going to a cemetery. Photos: Wikipedia, Apple Daily

Elderly man found safe after night in Fanling wilderness

An 81-year-old man who went missing in Fanling over the weekend has been found safe and sound, ending a 26-hour ordeal for his anxious family.

The elderly man, surnamed Chui, got lost as he was going to a cemetery at Wo Hop Shek on Sunday to pay respects at the grave of a family member.

He was accompanied on the trip by his son and another family member, but got lost as he broke off from the others and wandered astray in the area, according to Apple Daily.

When rescuers eventually found Chui more than 24 hours later, he was found safe barring for some minor bruises on his forehead and limbs. 

According to the son, he and his father and his uncle were taking a shortcut in the mountains to get to the Wo Hop Shek cemetery, a route which they sometimes took in the past.

But the old man somehow made a wrong turn and got separated from his companions, possibly because construction work in the area in recent years has made him unable to recognize the roads he was familiar with before.

After the son found his father was missing, he called the police who soon launched a rescue operation jointly with personnel from the Fire Department and the Civil Aid Service.

As the search went on, the elderly man wandered about in the wilderness and spent the night by sleeping on the ground.

When hungry, he is said to have eaten the food offerings that he was carrying for his ancestor.

Rescuers found Chui on Monday morning after a farmer reported to the police that he saw an elderly man sitting on the hillside.

While the son was overcome with emotions after reuniting with his father, the elderly man was unfazed by the whole experience.

He was quite calm, saying that he was not afraid of being all alone in the woods.

As he had a clean conscience, he didn’t fear that anything bad would happen to him, Chui told his son. 

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