Body of hiker washed away during rainy waterfall hike found after 6-hour search

The man lost his footing and was swept away at Hero’s waterfall in Ma On Shan. Photo: Facebook/hikingwindfire
The man lost his footing and was swept away at Hero’s waterfall in Ma On Shan. Photo: Facebook/hikingwindfire

Rescue crew found the body of a male hiker who was reportedly swept away by floodwaters at a waterfall in Ma On Shan during a typhoon 3 alert, concluding a six-hour search.

According to HK01, the body was discovered at the bottom of Hero’s Waterfall at around 4:45 pm on Tuesday, about 50 meters from where the man had lost his footing.

Police received a report at 10:46 am that a hiker slipped near Hero’s Waterfall along Ma Dai Stream. He and three friends had set off from Tai Shui Hang that morning.

Rescue crew and Government Flying Services personnel arrived at the scene, and firefighters axed a felled tree that was blocking a road so that authorities could reach the destination.

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But due to heavy downpour, the helicopter that was deployed was unable to continue searching for the man.

The man’s brother told HK01 that he was around 60 years old and was an experienced hiker, having given free hiking lessons for more than two decades.

The typhoon 3 alert was hoisted on Monday evening as tropical storm Cempaka edged closer towards the western Guangdong coast. The signal remained in force until around 1 pm Tuesday, when it was downgraded to a Typhoon 1.

The amber rainstorm warning was also in force during parts of Tuesday as the observatory urged people to stay away from watercourses.

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