One hiker found without signs of life, two injured in Hualien rockfall


Taipei A woman hit by falling rocks Saturday while on a river tracing expedition in Hualien County was found without signs of life, while two others who sustained light injuries were able to descend the mountain with the help of rescuers, according to the local fire department.

The hikers were on their way to Golden Grotto, a scenic spring and waterfall in Hualien’s Xiulin Township, when the rockfall occurred, said Hualien County Fire Department Deputy Director-General Wu Zhao-yuan.

After receiving an emergency call at 1 p.m., the fire department dispatched 30 firefighters who split into groups and hiked an estimated four hours to where the group was located, Wu said.

Rescuers arrived to find one woman without signs of life. She was currently being carried down the mountain on a stretcher and was expected to arrive at the trailhead at 10 p.m., the fire department said.

The two others received treatment for lacerations but were able to descend the mountain under their own power, the fire department said.

The Golden Grotto is an ecological reserve within the Taroko National Park and hikers are required to apply in advance to enter the restricted area.

The park’s headquarters said the hikers, part of a group of 11, did not file applications to enter the area and will be fined NT$3,000 (US$101) each.


Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel


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