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Hiker meets fatal accident while taking selfies

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Adding to the statistic of selfie-related deaths, a man was killed by a 150-metre drop at Lion Rock, Kowloon Tong, last Saturday.

The man, believed to be in his 30s, was seen taking selfies before moving to an unfenced area atop the misty peak at around 1pm, according to Apple Daily. Other hikers later heard screams and saw the man clinging on to grass at the side of the mountain.

The grass eventually snapped, and witnesses caught sight of him plummeting hundreds of feet.

Police and firefighters cordoned the area off for search and rescue. They reached the victim at around 4pm and confirmed that he’d been killed by massive injuries. His body was retrieved around 8 in the evening. Most of his clothing had been torn off from the fall, and no identification could be found.

A number of fatalities had already occurred in the vicinity of Lion Rock, including incidents in 2008, in 2011, and in March last year. It is a famous hiking destination between Kowloon Tong and Tai Wai, offering a great panorama of the surrounding region.

Photo by Hk linus at the English language Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0

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