Taiwanese guides receive NT$1 million each for finding missing hiker

Hsiao, Hung will use well-earned windfall to purchase new mountaineering equipment

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Yang Hsin-cheng

Yang Hsin-cheng (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The two mountain guides who found hiker Yang Hsin-cheng (楊欣正) after he went missing for 10 days during a hike in Pingtung County on June 6 have received a reward of NT$2 million (US$67,000) from Pingtung County Councilor Cheng Ching-yuan (鄭清原), a close friend of Yang's.

After Yang went missing, local fire departments, the military, and private rescue teams dispatched more than 100 people each day to search for him, CNA reported. To encourage the public to help, Cheng offered a reward, saying that it would be given to anyone who found his friend, dead or alive.

The two guides, Hsiao Tien-yi (蕭添益) and Hung Hua-chun (洪華駿), who hail from Taipei and Taichung, respectively, rappelled down a cliff on Tuesday (June 16) and found Yang, earning the eternal gratitude of his family and friends.

Yang was sent to a hospital on Tuesday for treatment. He was treated for a non-life-threatening laceration to his forehead and compression fractures to his lumbar vertebrae and thoracic vertebrae. He underwent operations Wednesday.

Hsiao and Hung split the NT$2 million reward they received from Cheng. The two said that they will use the money to further pursue their mountaineering ambitions and purchase new mountaineering equipment, including ropes, tents, clothes, and cooking utensils.