A 45-year-old man was found drowned beneath the water off Sai Kung after he went missing during a boat outing.
The man, surnamed Fung, might have suffered a heart attack during a noontime swim in Ung Kong Bay, according to witnesses cited by Apple Daily.
However, there were no signs Fung had been in distress and friends said he could swim.
Autopsy results are pending.
Fung, who worked for Hongkong Electric Co., was part of a 38-member group on a launch picnic to Sai Kung.
They set off from the Sai Wan Ho ferry pier at 9 a.m. on Monday for Ung Kong Bay, where they dropped anchor, had lunch and went for a swim.
All returned to the boat 20 minutes later, except Fung.
Fearing he might have drowned, they called the police for help after which a search was launched.
Fung was found in the seabed. He was brought to a hospital where he was certified dead.
Police are treating the incident as a drowning after finding nothing suspicious.
Rommy Cheung, course director of International (Elite) Divers Training Center, said many accidents happen not because of unsafe environment but carelessness.
Some people tend to jump into the water before the boat stops, putting themselves at risk of being hit by propellers, he was quoted as saying by Ming Pao Daily.
Also, undersea currents could lead to accidents, he said.
Hongkong Electric has promised help to Fung’s family.
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