Hiker critical after head knock

Local | Stella Wong Mar 20, 2017
A hiker remained in critical condition after he slipped and fell on his head on Devil's Peak yesterday.

Hospital nurse Lee Wing-kwan, 44, was hiking with about 10 friends on Devil's Peak near Ko Chiu Road when the group decided to walk back to Yau Tong at 12.30pm due to the rain.

While walking, Lee slipped on the wet ground and fell on his head, knocking him unconscious. Lee's friends called an ambulance and Lee was admitted to the intensive care unit at United Christian Hospital. He remained in critical condition last night.

Lee, who has heart disease, may have suffered a heart attack before the accident but this could not be confirmed.

Sources said both Lee and his wife work as nurses in Prince of Wales Hospital.

Meanwhile, about 100 police officers went up the hills yesterday afternoon to conduct rural patrols and advise hikers on how to take precautions against robberies.

In light of two robberies on hiking trails and several recent burglaries in flats in rural areas, police earlier announced they would launch anti- crime action in the countryside on an irregular basis. Officers went to Kam Shan country park and Eagle's Nest nature trail where the two robberies took place to distribute pamphlets and whistles to hikers from 10am to 5pm.

"During the action, officers from different regional headquarters will patrol around the country park and residential area near hillsides with the Police Dog Unit, aiming to stop and question those who hide in the area and plan to commit crimes," said Cheung Ka-po, chief inspector of Kowloon West Police Tactical Unit Resident Company.

"We urge citizens to be alert of the surroundings. They should hike along the main hiking trail and finish their journey before the sky gets dark."

He advised hikers to inform friends and relatives about their route and timetable. They are also advised not to hike alone or bring large amount of cash and valuables.

"If hikers find any person behaving suspiciously, they should keep their distance and report to the police," he said. "If hikers are unfortunately robbed, they should stay calm and note down the appearance of the thieves and their escape route, then report to the police when the situation is safe."

Cheung said the number of crimes on hiking trails is not serious and there has been no report of suspicious- looking people hiding in the countryside.

Similar actions were carried in East Kowloon and New Territories South districts on Saturday.

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