A 60-year-old hotel technician died while hiking on a dangerously steep trail at Sharp Peak in Sai Kung.
The man, surnamed Chan, was hiking with a group of 22 friends and colleagues on Sunday morning when he collapsed on the hill, also known as Nam She Tsim (蚺蛇尖), which lies within the Sai Kung East Country Park, Apple Daily reports.
Local hikers consider the trail as one of Hong Kong’s most difficult to climb.
Chan’s family has a history of heart ailments, but experts were still trying to ascertain the cause of his death.
When Chan collapsed and passed out, several of his fellow hikers tried to revive him using cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).
A helicopter from the Government Flying Services arrived and took Chan to Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital in Chai Wan, where he was later pronounced dead.
Mountaineer Chung Kin-man said the weather was cool and sunlight was abundant on Sunday, making the condition ideal for hiking.
However, the trail requires hikers to walk uphill for 30 minutes, a very strenuous endeavor, Chung said.
Sharp Peak is 468 meters above sea level, and the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department has put up signs at the foot of the hill advising hikers not to proceed.
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