A mountain biker died after an apparent accident while traversing the MacLehose Trail near Tai Lam Chung Reservoir in the New Territories on Thursday.
At around 8 pm, police received a call from a hiker informing that he saw a purple-colored mountain bike dangling from a tree on a hillside.
Authorities then launched a search operation for the missing cyclist.
After an hour or so, divers from the Fire Services Department found a man in the reservoir and pulled him out.
He was pronounced dead at the scene.
The deceased was identified as a 32-year-old person bearing the surname Li.
Police believe that he was biking alone on the Tai Lam Chung Reservoir section of the Tai Lam Mountain Bike Trail in the evening, and that he may have lost control while going down on a very steep section of the trail.
As he lost control, he fell off a cliff and landed in the reservoir.
Rescue personnel found serious injuries on Li’s body.
It was learnt that the victim didn’t know how to swim, causing him to drown after falling into the reservoir.
Li’s relatives and friends were plunged into grief as they rushed to the scene after hearing the news.
The section of the road where the accident happened is steep and full of crushed stone, which is dangerous given the narrow lane and numerous sharp turns, Apple Daily noted.
The mountain bike driven by Li was produced by the well-known American brand Santa Cruz.
Authorities are conducting further investigations into the accident.
Translation by Chloe Chow
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