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Filipina hiker falls to death while taking selfie on Tai Po slope

05 April 2019

Still shot from a video shows several Filipinas trying to check on the victim (in yellow) 

By The SUN

A 26-year-old Filipina resident died after falling down a waterfall in Tai Mo Shan Country Park at about noon today, Apr 5, while apparently taking a selfie.

The victim whose name was not disclosed by the police, reportedly worked as a customer service officer in a call center of a financing company. She was hiking with her younger sister and four friends when the accident happened.
A separate source told The SUN the Filipina resided in Lantau and had one child.

Earlier reports had mistakenly identified her as a domestic worker who was on a hike with some friends during the Ching Ming holiday.
Police said the victim and her companions started hiking from Lam Kam Road, Tai Po at about 9am. When they reached Ng Tung Chai Waterfall, her friends heard a loud noise and found she had fallen 15 meters down into the water.

The other people in the group reportedly told police the victim slipped while trying to take a selfie.
A hiker was told to stay away from the victim as she appeared to be dead
A video uploaded on Facebook showed some Filipinas who were near the waterfall check on the victim as she lay among rocks in the water, while others in the background were screaming. One could be overheard saying in Filipino, “She’s already dead, don’t touch her.”
A helicopter then started hovering from above before the video was abruptly cut.

A police spokesman said the victim was unconscious when she was taken out of the water. Paramedics gave her first aid at the scene before she was airlifted to Tuen Mun hospital where she was declared dead at 1.31pm.

Some of the hikers on the steep slope from where the victim fell
Getting to the Ng Tung Chai Waterfall requires a steep hike up Hong Kong’s highest peak – Tai Mo Shan. The route going there is about 5km long and is rated difficult in a online guide published by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department
The incident happened eight days after a man from Macau accompanying a Hong Kong tour group fell to his death at the Grand Canyon in the United States while trying to take a selfie.

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