Hiker still missing on Kowloon Peak following amber-level rainstorm

A view on Hong Kong from a cliff on Kowloon peak. Screengrab via YouTube/Moducking Jasso.
A view on Hong Kong from a cliff on Kowloon peak. Screengrab via YouTube/Moducking Jasso.

Firefighters are searching for a man who went on a hike on Kowloon Peak this morning during a heavy rainstorm and got lost.

According to Apple Daily, police received a report at around 7:10am this morning from a male hiker who said he had lost his way during a hike on Fei Ngo Shan, also known as Kowloon Peak.

Shortly thereafter, the Hong Kong Observatory (HKO) raised an amber rainstorm warning after a night of torrential rain and thunderstorms.

According to on.cc, the man placed a call from an emergency phone booth on the trail saying he was stranded near Mau Tso Ngam on Kowloon Peak.

Firefighters and police officers arrived at the Gilwell Campsite to search for the hiker, and a Government Flying Service helicopter was also deployed.

However, when the rescue team arrived at the emergency phone the man used to call for help, he was nowhere to be found. The rescue operation is still underway.

The HKO had predicted showers and thunderstorms last night, with parts of Kowloon and the New Territories receiving as much as 70 millimeters of rain in the early hours of this morning due to a low-pressure system around the Pearl River Delta. The observatory raised the thunderstorm warning again at 9:25am this morning, announcing it was expected to remain in force until 11:30am.

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