Date
15 December 2017
Teams from the Fire Services Department (inset) rescued two mainland hikers who were stranded on Kowloon Peak during Typhoon Pakhar. Photo: HKEJ/Internet
Teams from the Fire Services Department (inset) rescued two mainland hikers who were stranded on Kowloon Peak during Typhoon Pakhar. Photo: HKEJ/Internet

Mainland hikers rescued in mountains during typhoon

Two hikers from mainland China who ignored Typhoon Pakhar were rescued after being stranded for 24 hours on Kowloon Peak in the Ma On Shan Country Park.

The duo, a 30 year-old man surnamed Li and a 47-year-old woman surnamed Chen, arrived in Hong Kong from Guangdong on a day trip for the purpose of climbing Kowloon Peak, also known as Fei Ngo Shan, Apple Daily reports.

They set out at about 2 p.m. on Saturday when the No. 1 standby signal was up.

After two hours, they got lost. Chen slipped and fell several meters off a cliff. Li called the police for help at 7:47 p.m.

As many as 160 firemen from special rescue squads were sent out to search for them in strong winds and heavy rain.

They were able to confirm the pair’s location at 9:31 p.m. and found them two hours later.

However, due to the weather condition, the rescuers were forced to halt their operation. They set up a tent and stayed with the pair until Sunday morning when other rescuers arrived.

By that time, Pakhar was in full fury.

The rescuers waited until the storm subsided before sending Li and Chen to hospital at about 4 p.m. and 8 p.m., respectively.

Meanwhile, one fireman was injured and hospitalized.

Li, who suffered only minor injuries, blamed himself for the incident.

Sam Keung Sai-ming, Kowloon Central divisional commander of the fire department, urged hikers to pay attention to the weather and evaluate their capabilities before they set out.

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