Land and sea searches for hiker and surfer

Local | Staff reporter 26 Jun 2018

Police are searching for a missing hiker on Po Toi Island and a missing surfer in Mui Wo.

Chan Tin-sung, 62, left his home at Ma On Shan at 5.30am on Sunday to go for a hike at the southeastern end of Hong Kong Island.

His family reported him missing at 10.45pm that day.

A launch from the Marine Police Aberdeen base at Shum Wan began searching for Chan in the sea around the island.

The Government Flying Service also sent helicopters to help in the search.

Chan's friends posted his picture on a hikers' Facebook group and asked people to help look for him.

Chan, who is 1.73 meters tall and weighs 74 kilograms, has a roundish face with tan skin and short black hair.

He was wearing a yellow short-sleeved top, a gray hat, dark glasses and a gray backpack.

Anyone who has seen him or know his whereabouts can call the Ma On Shan police district at 3661-2660 or report to any police station.

On March 31, another accident occurred on Po Toi Island involving a female hiker who was injured after falling into a valley.

She fell unconscious and suffered injuries to her hands while trapped in the valley. Her companion called the police, and a Government Flying Service helicopter was sent to rescue her.

The other search yesterday was for a 49-year-old man who fell into the sea while surfing in Silvermine Bay on Lantau.

The man, also surnamed Chan, went missing at 3pm on Sunday. He was suspected to have fallen off a surf board.

Police received reports that a surf board was found floating about 40 meters from Mui Wo pier and sent officers to search for him.

The Fire Services Department launches and Government Flying Service helicopters were also sent to help in the search.

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