Date
11 December 2017
It took a while for rescuers (inset) to secure Lee Chuk-ching on a stretcher and bring her up to a helicopter after she fell off a cliff in Kowloon Peak. Photo: HKEJ/Cable TV News
It took a while for rescuers (inset) to secure Lee Chuk-ching on a stretcher and bring her up to a helicopter after she fell off a cliff in Kowloon Peak. Photo: HKEJ/Cable TV News

Female hiker, 48, dies after fall from ‘suicide cliff’

A 48-year-old woman died after falling off a cliff while hiking up a mountain in Kowloon Peak.

Lee Chuk-ching joined a group on Wednesday morning to hike from Jat’s incline in Choi Hung to the top of the peak. They set out at 9:30 a.m., Apple Daily reports.

Lee and her group took an unusual path that went past a steep slope called “suicide cliff”.

At around 1 p.m., Lee suddenly slipped and plunged more than 20 meters down the slope before she was caught in a tree.

The Government Flying Service sent a helicopter to the scene soon after her companions called the police for help.

Due to the difficult terrain, four members of the rescue team rappelled down the cliffside. Two other firefighters and one ambulanceman walked uphill to the scene.

It took a while for rescuers to secure Lee on a stretcher and bring her up to the helicopter. She was airlifted to Eastern Hospital unconscious. Lee was pronounced dead soon after. 

According to the rescuers, Lee suffered serious head injuries. Her head was hit by rocks several times as she fell.

One of her hiking companions said loose gravel on the slope might have caused her to slip and fall.

The incident came after a 69-year-old male hiker died after falling off a cliff on Lantau Island on Sunday.

On Wednesday, four people, including two local men and a couple from Australia, were rescued from Kowloon Peak after they got lost and became stranded in the mountain.

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