Filipina Hiker Dies After Falling While Taking Selfie in HK

A Filipino woman died in a Hong Kong hospital after falling down a waterfall in a country park on Friday, April 5, a report from South China Morning Post said.

The Filipina, who works as a customer service officer of a finance company, figured in the incident shortly before midday Friday.

She was reportedly hiking with her sister and four other friends during the Ching Ming Festival public holiday. The group started its hike at Lam Kam Road in the morning in Tai Po and upon reaching Ng Tung Chai Waterfall, her friends heard a loud noise and soon found she fell 15 meters into the water, police authorities said.

Her friends told police that she slipped while trying to take a selfie.

A police spokesman said she was unconscious when she was taken out of the water. She was airlifted to Tuen Mun Hospital, where she was declared dead at 1.31pm.

Hong Kong’s Fire Services Department sent three fire engines and one ambulance. Paramedics gave first aid to the woman at the scene before she was taken to hospital, according to its spokeswoman.

Reaching the waterfalls that reach up to 35 meters tall requires a steep hike up Tai Mo Shan, Hong Kong’s highest peak.

The trails in Ng Tung Chai Waterfalls are grouped under four levels – easy, moderate, difficult and very difficult. The Ng Tung Chai Waterfall route is about 5 kilometer long and rated difficult.

According to the fire department, three hikers died and 21 were injured in Hong Kong in the first three months of this year. The department carried out 56 mountain rescue operations in the period. Figures showed the number of hiking deaths dropped to nine in 2018 from 15 in 2017 and the number of injuries also fell to 242 in 2018 from 340 the previous year.