Date
11 December 2018
The 33-year-old man was suspected to have lost his footing and fallen off a cliff on Lantau Island. He was airlifted to Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Photo: HKEJ
The 33-year-old man was suspected to have lost his footing and fallen off a cliff on Lantau Island. He was airlifted to Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Photo: HKEJ

Man, 33, falls to death while hiking in Lantau amid strong winds

A 33-year-old man fell to his death while hiking on Lantau Island amid strong winds brought by Tropical Cyclone Barijat on Wednesday afternoon, Apple Daily reports.

The man set off from Yat Tung Estate, a public rental housing estate in Lantau, along with a friend at 12:30 p.m., when the Strong Wind Signal No. 3 issued for Barijat by the Hong Kong Observatory was in effect.

After they arrived at the Nei San Stream, also known as Mo Tin Ngai, at around 4 p.m., the man was suspected to have lost his footing and fallen off a cliff.

Police and firefighters, responding to an emergency call made by his companion, arrived at the scene soon afterwards and pulled the man up about two hours later. He was seriously injured and unconscious by that time.

A helicopter airlifted the man to Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Also on Wednesday, a landslide was reported near Sam Ka Tsuen in Lei Yue Mun, sometime after 4 p.m.

Firefighters, along with the Urban Search and Rescue Team and search dogs, searched through the thick mud for possible victims but found none. They later declared there was no immediate danger at the site.

The Observatory lowered the No. 3 signal to standby signal No. 1 at 4:10 a.m. on Thursday as Barijat moved away from Hong Kong. All tropical cyclone warning signals were canceled at 7:40 a.m.

The weather is forecast to be very hot on Friday and Saturday before deteriorating significantly on Sunday because of Super Typhoon Mangkhut.

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