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Rescuers search for missing hiker

Rescuers search for missing hiker

Rescuers are continuing the search for a 30-year-old man who went missing for six days after he went camping alone in Sha Tau Kok on Tuesday.
His worried wife said her husband promised to take their two daughters to Ocean Park before he went missing.

Yip Wan-Fuk, a construction worker, approximately 1.7 meters tall, was last seen on surveillance footage leaving his apartment building on Tuesday night. He was last spotted wearing a grey short-sleeved shirt, black trousers, brown shoes and carrying a black backpack.

The police's missing person unit, Government Flying Service, Civil Aid Service and Fire Service have joined hands and deployed helicopters to search for Yip. Yip's friends have also joined the search.

Yip's wife said Yip did not tell her where he was hiking, nor did his phone have a global positional system.

She recalled Yip mentioning earlier that he wanted to watch the sunrise. Yip also once worked at a construction site at Lian Tang Boundary Control Point this year. Given his computer's browsing history and his past work experience, it is believed that Yip went to Pak Fu Shan and Lian Tang Boundary Control Point for a hike.

"I am terribly worried but I dare not cry in front of my family. I have to keep calm!" Yip's wife said. She worried that Yip would be cold amid the gusty winds and chilly weather as she yearned for him to come home.

Veteran mountaineer Chung Kin-Man said it is dangerous for hikers to hike alone despite their familiarity with the surroundings or the difficulty of the hiking route.

"Despite Pak Fu Shan not being a dangerous hiking area, it is dangerous for hikers to go alone as it is difficult to reach out for help in the mountains and no one would know your location or status," Chung said.

He added that it is important to hike with companions and always be equipped with sufficient water and clothing to keep warm during chilly weather.

According to netizens' reviews of the Pak Shan hiking route, it is only advisable for experienced hikers due to its rugged path. It is also warned online that there is no mobile network coverage on Pak Fu Shan.

According to the Fire Services Department's record, 401 hiking-related injuries were recorded in the first eight months of the year, surpassing the 323 reported for the whole of the last year. Fire Services said more people have ventured outdoors during the pandemic.

There had also been 885 calls for mountain rescues in 2020, twice the annual average of 400 from 2016 to 2019, according to the Government Flying Service.
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