Date
18 December 2017
Sai Kung Tang Shiu Kin Sports Ground was the scene of a tragedy Tuesday when a policeman on a routine jog collapsed and died, reportedly due to heatstroke. Photo: lcsd.gov.hk
Sai Kung Tang Shiu Kin Sports Ground was the scene of a tragedy Tuesday when a policeman on a routine jog collapsed and died, reportedly due to heatstroke. Photo: lcsd.gov.hk

Hong Kong cop on routine jog dies as temperature surges

Heatsroke may have killed a Hong Kong policeman during a routine jog on a sports track Tuesday.

The 45-year-old off-duty officer was running with a fellow-policeman when he collapsed shortly after 1 p.m. at Sai Kung Tang Shiu Kin Sports Ground, Ming Pao Daily reported. He died while being taken to a hospital.

Temperatures topped out at 32 degrees celsius around noon Tuesday, prompting the Hong Kong Observatory to issue a “very hot” weather warning at 2 p.m.

Meanwhile, a 49-year-old hiker was rushed by helicopter to a hospital after collapsing due to heat exhaustion. She was discharged.   

Louie Hung-tak, an associate professor of physical education at Hong Kong Baptist University, said amateur runners are at risk of heat exhaustion and heatstroke during sudden surges in temperatures because the body normally takes 7-10 days to adjust to changes in weather conditions.

The dead policeman, who was assigned to the Sai Kung police station, had a wife and two children.

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