Suicide Cliff at Kowloon Peak is a dangerous climb where a slip could result in fatality (Photo from Wikipedia/Minghong)
On Monday (April 27), a female hiker, 52, died after falling 20 meters down a steep slope at Kowloon Peak (Fei Ngo Shan) in Hong Kong. The slope where she fell is dubbed as “Suicide Cliff”, one of HK’s most treacherous and dangerous climbs.
The woman was with a group of about 10 people who departed from Ngau Chi Wan for the hiking. Officers received a call shortly before 3pm about the incident, and the Government Flying Service and firefighters were mobilized.
Authorities said a helicopter was deployed to airlift nine firefighters to the top at about 4:30pm before the team headed down to the injured woman. The firefighters were from the elite high-angle rescue team. They later found the severely injured woman unconscious and sent her to the hospital. At around 8:55pm, she was certified dead.
Spring is a season when many people in Hong Kong enjoy hiking. But there have been several accidents related. On April 9, 41-year-old Pat Fong died after accidentally falling down a 50-meter mountain in Sai Kung. She was known to be a lead runner who was good at cross-country race and long-distance race. Another 62-year-old woman was injured after falling on the same day.
Experts also warn that casual tourists and inexperienced hikers should not attempt the Suicide Cliff as this hike has seen numerous injuries and fatalities. In November 2017, a 48-year-old woman died after she fell down the cliff. In August of the same year, two hikers from mainland China ran into trouble and were stranded on the same cliff in the middle of a No.8 typhoon, which led to a rescue operation that took more than 24 hours to bring them to safety.