Warning for hikers after teen injured in Discovery Bay

Police have reminded hikers to take precautions after a teenager collapsed in Discovery Bay at the weekend.

A Lantau North Police Division spokesman said police were alerted about 1.30pm when the 14-year-old boy experienced severe cramping while hiking with his parents near the reservoir on Golf Course Road.

The boy's parents placed a 999 emergency call for help, with police, an ambulance and Fire Services attending the scene before a helicopter was called in to rescue the boy.

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He was then flown to Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital for treatment. The police spokesman said hikers should carry mobile phones in case of emergencies.

Hong Kong's Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department said the single best way to prevent accidents is to plan hiking trips carefully.

Their safety guidelines remind hikers not to overstretch ability and make sure you are aware of contact details for help.

Hikers should also stick to regularly maintained trails and keep day hikes to 15kms or less, according to the department's safety guidelines.

Photographs: Alison Price

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