24 March 2019
The Hong Kong Observatory issued a "Very Hot Weather Warning" last Thursday. The alert remained in place as of Monday. Photo: HKEJ
The Hong Kong Observatory issued a "Very Hot Weather Warning" last Thursday. The alert remained in place as of Monday. Photo: HKEJ

Hikers suffer heat stroke as temperatures soar

As Hong Kong grapples with sweltering weather, with temperatures soaring to as high as 36 degrees Celsius, there have been several cases in the past few days of hikers suffering from heat stroke.

In the latest such news, at least four people had to receive emergency medical attention as they experienced heat-related complications after venturing outdoors on Sunday, Apple Daily reports.

One case involved a person surnamed Wong who had to be rescued by the Government Flying Service (GFS) after he went hiking from Tai Mei Luk in Tai Po district.

According to the report, Wong and two of his friends began trekking toward Wu Yau Tang at about 9 am.

By 1:40 pm, as the group was walking past the Plover Cove Reservoir, Wong started feeling dizzy and experiencing numbness in his hands.

His friends then called the police, following which a rescue operation ensued. Using a chopper from the GFS, rescue staff pulled Wong from the hilly region and ferried him to the Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital.

Wong was conscious when he arrived at the hospital but seemed disoriented. After treating him for heat-related complications, doctors later released him from their care.

Wong, incidentally, was known to the police as he had been identified as a suspect in a case of theft back in 2008, along with his girlfriend and another suspect surnamed Yip.

Wong, now 31 years old, was alleged to have stolen human remains from urns in Wu Tip Shan village in Fanling nine years ago, aiming to pass them onto someone from Malaysia in return for some HK$10,000.

Following a trial, Wong was released due to lack of evidence, but his friend Yip was convicted of the crime and sentenced to jail for six months.

As for Wong’s girlfriend, prosecutors had to drop their charges against her due to procedural lapses.

Wong now lives in an apartment at the Tai Yuen Estate in Tai Po. On Sunday, when he was airlifted from a hilly area, the temperature at the time was a whopping 35 degrees Celsius.

As the Hong Kong Observatory hoisted a “Very Hot Weather Warning”, there were many other cases where hikers had suffered from heat stroke during the weekend.

In one case, a 35-year-old woman surnamed Ho suffered a heat stroke after she went hiking with her friends near Tai an in Sai Kung. She was taken to a hospital by a GFS helicopter.

Elsewhere, two girls who were hiking near Shek O on the Dragon’s Back at around 1:30 pm had to call for help after a 21-year-old surnamed Cheung said she was feeling dizzy. Firemen rescued her off a mountain and took her to a hospital.

In yet another case, a 23-year-old woman surnamed Yeung had to be transported to a hospital after she suffered heat-related complications during a hike at the West Buffalo Hill in Sha Tin. 

The Observatory hoisted the Very Hot Weather Warning signal last Thursday, and the alert remains in place as of now.

The high temperatures are expected to continue on Monday, but clouds and occasional showers are forecast from Tuesday onwards.

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