Expat climbers rescued on Lion Rock

Local | Sophie Hui 1 Sep 2017

Firefighters early yesterday rescued two expatriate men who were trapped on Lion Rock.

The two - surnamed Smith, 28, and Thomas, 29 - were trapped on Wednesday evening when their ropes got caught on rocks as they were descending. Police received a call about 10.40pm and officers, firefighters and members of the high-angle rescue team, were dispatched to rescue them.

The two climbers also turned on their torches to help the rescue team find them.

Firefighters spent about six hours before plucking the men to safety around 3am. Both were unhurt and refused to be sent to hospital.

To avoid photographers they asked the ambulancemen for blankets and masks and left in a police car.

Hong Kong Mountaineering Training Center founder Chung Kin- man said rocks at the top of Lion Rock are loose. He said the ropes of the two climbers could have been jammed between rocks preventing them from climbing downhill.

Chung said the terrain at Lion Rock is complex and has many routes, resulting in several hiking accidents in the past.

He reminded hikers to bring with them enough equipment. They should also have sufficient training, knowledge and experience before climbing the hill, especially at night.

Just four days earlier more than 160 officers and firefighters were dispatched to rescue two mainland tourists, a man and a woman, who went hiking on Kowloon Peak and were stranded on the mountain for about 24 hours while severe tropical storm Pakhar lashed Hong Kong.

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