Yellow Dragon River on Lantau Island. Photo: Google Maps, N John, HK Government

A 53-year-old hiker was in critical condition after falling into a river on Lantau Island on Thursday.

The man, surnamed Cheung, went hiking in the morning with a group of 23 people from Sha Lo Wan, in the northwest of Lantau Island to Po Lin Monastery in Ngong Ping, Headline Daily reported.

When Cheung reached the Yellow Dragon River on Nei Lak Shan, he lost his balance and fell. His head hit on the ground and began to bleed, then he fell into a coma.

Friends of Cheung called the police. Cheung was airlifted to Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital and is now in a critical condition.

Yellow Dragon River is one of nine streams in Hong Kong marked for experienced hikers, as they need to climb across the river and precipitous jagged rocks.

Two people have died at that spot over the past five years.

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