Date
21 September 2017
The last shot of Titin Ratnawati before she was hit by a wave in Tai Tau Chau, Shek O.
Photo: Apple Daily
The last shot of Titin Ratnawati before she was hit by a wave in Tai Tau Chau, Shek O. Photo: Apple Daily

Indonesian maid dies after swept off rocks in Shek O

An Indonesian woman who had worked in Hong Kong for more than seven years was swept off rocks while posing for photographs with two friends on Shek O’s Tai Tau Chau Sunday, the first death at the popular spot in nine years, Ming Pao Daily reported Monday.

Titin Ratnawati, 32, was swept off the rocks by a 1.5 meter wave and dragged out into deeper water. She was pulled alive from the water 100 meters offshore by maritime officers but was barely breathing and died at hospital, the report said.

Ratnawati worked as a domestic helper and her employer described her as a good person.

Big waves are common at Tai Tau Chau and the local authorities have erected signs warning people to stay away from the rocks. Red flags were also on Sunday warning visitors of big waves.

In September 2005, a mainland doctoral student studying in Hong Kong was also swept away by waves at the same place, the report said.

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