Date
23 July 2017
Tai Shek Stream, a famous spot at Tai Mo Shan for rock-climbing enthusiasts, has seen a second fatal accident at the site this year. Photo: YouTube
Tai Shek Stream, a famous spot at Tai Mo Shan for rock-climbing enthusiasts, has seen a second fatal accident at the site this year. Photo: YouTube

Woman, 20, dies after hiking accident at Tai Mo Shan

A 20-year-old woman died after she slipped and fell down a stream while hiking at the Tai Mo Shan mountain in New Territories on Wednesday.

The young woman, who bears the surname Tang, slipped as she was trying to climb some rocks on the hillside in the afternoon, according to Sing Tao Daily.

Tang was hiking from Shek Kong Village with two friends when they reached Tai Shek Stream, a famous spot in the mountains for rock-climbing enthusiasts.

The group decided to challenge the rock formation, which has been rated as “medium” with regard to the degree of difficulty for climbers.

As they were half way to the top, Tang is said to have lost balance on the slippery rocks and fallen 15 meters down a steam.

She landed in the pool at the bottom, hurting her head.

Firemen and staff from the Government Flying Service arrived at the scene one and half an hours after her companions called for help.

Tang was taken by helicopter to the Tuen Mun Hospital, where she was pronounced dead at 4 pm.

Police classified the case as an accident as they didn’t find anything suspicious at the site.

Data from the Hong Kong Observatory showed that there was heavy rain in the area before the accident took place.

According to the report, Tang had graduated last year and was still looking for a job.

Wednesday’s incident marked the second deadly accident at the same spot Tai Mo Shan this year.

In January, a man died from falling off the same rocks. His body was only recovered four days after the accident.

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