Date
20 August 2017
Tung Ping Chau, famous for its geographical features, is popular with hikers. It is located in the northeast corner of Hong Kong. Photo: HK government
Tung Ping Chau, famous for its geographical features, is popular with hikers. It is located in the northeast corner of Hong Kong. Photo: HK government

Female hiker airlifted to hospital after suffering heat stroke

A 64-year-old woman was taken to hospital in a government helicopter after she suffered a heat stroke that caused her to fall and hurt her head while hiking in Tung Ping Chau.

The woman, surnamed Wong, is in critical condition in Eastern Hospital, Headline Daily reports.

The incident took place at about noon on Sunday when the woman was hiking with her husband and about a dozen people in the mountains of Tung Ping Chau.

The mountain is located in the northeast corner of Hong Kong and is the most easterly point of the territory. It is famous for its amazing geographical features.

Data from the Hong Kong Observatory showed the temperature at that time of the incident was above 31 degrees Celsius.

Wong fainted and fell to the ground while she was walking, according to her husband, who called the police for help after he found her head bleeding.

Meanwhile, a 65-year-old man, surnamed Leung, who was also with Wong’s group, was also overcome by heat exhaustion but he recovered after treatment and rest.

Louie Hung-tak, an associate professor in the department of physical education of the Hong Kong Baptist University, said very hot weather can easily cause heat stroke if one does not have proper sun protection.

He said people who lack regular exercise should watch out when hiking in high temperatures and should rest when they feel indisposed.

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