Date
11 December 2017
The Government Flying Service sent out two helicopters to rescue the victim. But it took a while for the rescuers to bring the victim up to the flat ground as he was stuck in the bushes. Photo: GFS via RTHK and TVB News
The Government Flying Service sent out two helicopters to rescue the victim. But it took a while for the rescuers to bring the victim up to the flat ground as he was stuck in the bushes. Photo: GFS via RTHK and TVB News

Hiker, 69, dies after plunging from steep cliff on Lantau Island

A 69-year-old hiker died after falling off a steep cliff on Lantau Island, Apple Daily reports.

Lau Ho-ming, who was the head of San Tin Village in Sha Tin, went hiking with 15 friends on the island on Sunday morning.

At around 1:30 p.m., when they reached Kau Nga Ling (“Dog Teeth Ridges” in English), Lau slipped and plunged about 30 meters down a steep slope known as “Slim Chance of Survival”, one of the most notoriously dangerous spots along the route. His companions called the police for help.

The Government Flying Service (GFS) sent out two helicopters for the rescue. After locating Lau’s position, it took a while for the rescuers to bring him up to the flat ground as he was stuck in the bushes.

The doctor who came with the rescue team confirmed Lau was dead. Lau’s body was later airlifted to the GFS headquarters in Chek Lap Kok.

Police suspected loose gravel on the ground caused Lau to lose his balance and fall off the cliff as a result. Initial investigation showed no foul play.

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