Adventure enthusiasts found themselves stranded in the outdoors in northeast New Territories over the weekend after torrential rains caused flash floods in a mountainous area.
Firemen had to be called in rescue several people, including a group of four, Apple Daily reports.
According to the report, two young Hong Kong women went to the Ping Nam Stream in Luk Keng along with a foreign man and his sister Saturday morning for “canyoning”, an activity that involves traversing canyons, rivers and streams using a variety of outdoor sports techniques.
The group encountered stormy weather at about 2:40 pm when they were engaged in their sport before floods came right at them.
The younger of the two Hong Kong women managed to save her sister who was almost washed away by the strong current, but their foreign companions were nowhere to be found.
The sisters alerted the police and sought help.
Rescuers from the fire department then launched search operations both on the ground and from the air.
Later they managed to locate the foreign siblings after getting information that the pair had been stranded near a water stream not too far away from where they got separated from the Hong Kong women.
The male foreign national, identified as Mark Delecate, was quoted as saying that he and sister saw a flash flood coming but they couldn’t do anything as it happened too quickly, with the water swallowing them in less than 15 seconds.
Meanwhile, rescuers also found 10 other stranded mountain climbers in the area during the search operations. All of them were taken down to the ground safe and sound.
The floods were caused by heavy rain in New Territories, which saw some places receive a rainfall of as much as 48 mm.
A yellow rainstorm warning was issued at 4:35 pm Saturday and the Observatory called on people to stay away from water streams.
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