Search widens for missing hiker

Local | Sophie Hui 12 Aug 2019

Rescuers will continue an air and land search today for a 45-year-old man who went missing while hiking in Chek Keng, Sai Kung, on Saturday.

Chui Sun-hin, about 1.75 meters tall, went hiking alone, his relatives said. He last sent a picture of himself to his family showing he was near Chek Keng, according to a Facebook post sent by them, seeking help from fellow hikers. His family members made a missing person reported to the police at 5am yesterday.

Police and firemen gathered at Wong Shek Pier in Sai Kung yesterday morning and started searching. The Government Flying Service joined the rescue mission. Some of his friends also went to Sai Kung to search for the man.

It is understood his wife and daughter were traveling abroad. They were returning Hong Kong after being informed he was missing.

The weather remained very hot yesterday, with the observatory recording a maximum temperature at 32.7 degrees Celsius at its headquarters in Tsim Sha Tsui in the afternoon. In Sai Kung, temperatures reached 34.7 degrees.

The very hot weather warning was first hoisted last Wednesday. It was canceled at 4.20pm on Saturday, but reissued at 9.45am yesterday. It was 34 degrees in Sai Kung on Saturday afternoon.

Chek Keng in eastern Sai Kung is known for its beautiful scenery, with mudflats, mangroves and beaches. It is flat and there is a camping site there. People can reach Chek Keng through the MacLehose Trail Section 2, passing by Sai Wan and Ham Tin Wan.

Mountaineering expert Chung Kin-man said Chek Keng is a popular hiking spot and most paths are easy to walk.

But the location is near Sharp Peak where there are many hiking paths, and people may get lost if they walk into dense woodland. They may also suffer in high temperatures without enough water.

"Nobody would notice if people go hiking alone under this very hot weather and suffer from heatstroke," he said, adding that hiking rule No 1 is to go with a companion as more than 70 percent of accidents happen when people hike alone.

"Some people may think they remember the route as they went there before but they may get lost and not have enough water to drink. People have to be more careful when they go hiking in hot weather," he said.

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