Woman airlifted to hospital after second hiking accident in two days

A day after a hiker slipped and fell to her death, another hiker was injured in a fall at Sharp Peak in Sai Kung, known as one of Hong Kong’s most precipitous hills, according to reports.

The woman, a 56-year-old surnamed Tse, was hiking with two friends not long after midday when she fell and suffered injuries to her face and body, according to Apple Daily.

Called by her friends, the Government Flying Service helicopter rescued the woman and airlifted her to the Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital, where she was admitted in a stable condition.

At 468m, Sharp Peak — also known as Nam She Tsim — is known as the most precipitous hill in Hong Kong. The hill is among three sharp peaks in Sai Kung East Country Park and is signposted with warning notices, having been the site of multiple accidents.

In November 2016, a 60-year-old male hiker collapsed while hiking the trail and later died, EJ Insight reported.

Mountaineering expert Chung Kin-man, quoted by the Hong Kong Economic Times, said that the hill had several spots where loose rocks could lead to falls if hikers were complacent.

He said it appeared the number of accidents on Hong Kong’s more than 80 trails had increased in recent years because more people were going hiking, adding that trekkers should not to walk alone, plan their hike well, bring the necessary equipment, and pay attention to the weather.

The fall comes the day after the death of a female hiker at Shek Pan Tam, a scenic spot in the northeast of Pat Sin Leng Country Park popular for its potholes and rock pools.

The woman, according to reports, lost her footing on slippery rocks and fell into a pool, hitting her head.

The tragedy was at least the third hiking-related fatality in the past six months.

A 48-year-old married woman fell to her death in November from a location known as “Suicide Cliff” on Kowloon Peak, a tragedy that followed close on the heels of a hiking death at the challenging “Dog Teeth Range” trail on Lantau island.

The government in January released a list of 16 “high risk” spots which it suggested should be avoided, though several sites on the list — which included Sharp Peak remain popular destinations.

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