Plover Cove Country Park, New Territories. Photos: Hong Kong Government
Plover Cove Country Park, New Territories. Photos: Hong Kong Government

A 53-year-old Hong Kong man has been reported as missing since Sunday noon after he went hiking alone in Plover Cove Country Park in the New Territories.

On Sunday morning, Chan Wing-wah had originally planned to have a barbecue with friends in Tai Mei Tuk in Tai Po, but he changed his mind and went hiking in Plover Cove Country Park, Sing Tao Daily reported.

Chan left Tung Tsz in Tai Po and sent his wife a photo taken at Cheung Pai Tun at around noon on Sunday. However, the family has been  unable to contact him since then. Chan’s wife, 53, reported him missing to police at 1:30am on Monday, Apple Daily reported.

Police, firefighters and the Government Flying Service launched a  search at 5am on Monday in the area of Wu Kau Tang and Lai Chi Wo.

At 9am on Monday, police received a report from a hiker that he had met a man in Luk Wu Tung at 3pm on Sunday. The man asked him the direction to Wu Kau Tang and borrowed some water from him – the temperature hit 35 degrees Celsius that afternoon.

Fearing Chan was suffering from heatstroke and might have taken a fall, the air and land search continued on Monday afternoon with more police and firefighters deployed.

According to an appeal from the police, Chan is 173 centimeters tall, weights 64 kilograms and is of thin build. He has a square face and short straight black hair. He was last seen wearing a blue long-sleeved T-shirt, dark trousers and black hiking shoes, and was carrying a black backpack and a black waist bag.

Police urged anyone who knows the whereabouts of Chan to contact them immediately.