Date
24 November 2017
Cliff jumping is growing in popularity in Hong Kong, particularly at Sei Dip Pond in Sai Kung. Photo: www.panoramio.com
Cliff jumping is growing in popularity in Hong Kong, particularly at Sei Dip Pond in Sai Kung. Photo: www.panoramio.com

Alarm over deadly risks of cliff jumping

The death of an 18-year-old man who jumped off a cliff in Tai Shue Wan in Wong Chuk Hang last week has highlighted the deadly risks of an increasingly popular activity in Hong Kong, Apple Daily reported Wednesday.

Cliff jumping has become popular at various spots around the city, thanks in part to television coverage and online videos of the activity.

One particularly popular spot is Sei Dip Pond in Sai Kung, where more than 100 people regularly line up to take the 10 meter plunge, the report said.

The pond below the cliff is just three to six meters deep, shallow enough to leave jumpers in danger of hitting rocks, according to experts.

Alex Kwok, head of the Hong Kong & Kowloon Lifeguards Union, said there are huge rocks beneath the surface of the relatively shallow waters that could easily cause death.

A warning sign erected by the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department has been torn down.

No lifeguards are posted at the pond and mobile signals are very weak in the area. Cliff jumping should be banned immediately, swimmers from the adjacent beach said.

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