Date
21 September 2017
Lung Ha Wan trail in Clearwater Bay where Yu collapsed after having breathing difficultites. He was rushed to hospital where he was certified dead a short time later. Photo: flickr/Martin Ng
Lung Ha Wan trail in Clearwater Bay where Yu collapsed after having breathing difficultites. He was rushed to hospital where he was certified dead a short time later. Photo: flickr/Martin Ng

61-year-old man with history of heart disease dies during hike

A 61-year-old man died after having difficulty breathing during a hike in Clear Water Bay Country Park.

The man, surnamed Yu, was rushed to hospital by a Government Flying Service helicopter, 30 minutes into the hike with relatives, Ming Pao Daily reports.

Yu had a history of high cholesterol and heart problems but was considered health-conscious. He regularly shared information about diabetes and cancer on social media.

Yu was walking from Tai Au Mun to Lung Ha Wan in Clear Water Bay when he collapsed, according to Apple Daily.

Meanwhile, another hiker was hospitalised during a walk on Dragon’s Back in Shek O.

The 52-year-old woman, surnamed Keung, fell dizzy while hiking with three friends. They called the police for help.

Keung, who has a history of chronic illnesses, is in stable condition.

Tuesday’s temperatures ranged from 19 to 26 degrees celsius with the relative humidity at 60 to 70 percent.

Hong Kong Mountaineering and Climbing Union coach Leung Nim-ho said the weather was perfect for hiking but added that citizens should be aware of the heat.

Dragon’s Back and Clear Water Bay have less forest cover and amateur hikers could find it difficult to negotiate, Leung said.

Cardiologist Ho Heung-kwong said it is difficult to draw a clear line on whether people with heart problems should be ruled out of any hiking activities.

Anyone with such issues should consult their doctor for an assessment, he said.

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